Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
This study was designed to demonstrate that considerable freedom to discard human figure drawings from a group of drawings would increase the likelihood of a clinical psychologist correctly predicting levels of adjustment by the use of drawings. Subjects were twenty patients from St. Louis State Hospital, ten of whom were diagnosed as psychotics and ten diagnosed as neurotics, and ten individuals from hospital staff comprising the normal group. Human figure drawings were collected from each subjects and these in turn were submitted to a panel of four qualified clinical psychologists. Each judge followed two steps: two judges were forced to categorize all drawings first into the above named diagnostic categories and then to go back through the drawings and to discard drawings they felt to be diagnostically insignificant. The procedure was reversed for the other two judges. There was no significant difference obtained on either free- or forced-choice steps when compared to chance level. The freedom to discard drawings apparently had no effect on the validity as the difference did not approach statistical significance. It was found that normal group was misdiagnosed more frequently than neurotic or psychotic group.
Copyright 1968 Renuka Daftari Gandhi
Gandhi, Renuka Daftari, "A Validation Approach to Draw-a-Person Test" (1968). Master's Theses. 1152.