Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Spring 1972

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Committee Chair

Roger L. Garrett

Second Committee Member

Bernard Jackson

Third Committee Member

A. James Hawkins


A series of thirteen role-taking and cognitive development tasks, taken from research done on Piaget's developmental theories, were presented to ascertain the relationship between refined role-taking skills and the level of intellectual development demonstrated by a child in Piaget's pre-operational phase (two to seven years).

The results indicated that a child in this age range is not able to remove himself from his egocentric position and utilize the concepts of decentering and reversibility in constructing a meaningful message. This would indicate a lack of role-taking skill refinement.

It was concluded that the use of this type of task series would aid a therapist in determining a beginning level of therapy that was meaningful to the client.