Human figure drawings by children in hospital and mainstream schools.

Nyman, Katie Rebecca and Baluch, Bahman and Duffy, Linda Jane (2011) Human figure drawings by children in hospital and mainstream schools. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 49 (1). pp. 21-26. ISSN 1463-5240

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Aim- The main aim of the present study is to investigate the extent to which children in a hospital school use emotion in human figure drawing of themselves and their best friend. Method- Twenty nine children from a hospital school, 15 male and 14 female (mean age, 9.17, SD = 2.12) and 28 children from a mainstream school in north London 13 male and 15 female (mean age, 9.1, SD = 2.13) were asked to draw a whole picture of themselves and one of their best friend. The order of drawing was randomly counter-balanced. Koppitz (1968) emotional indicators in human figure drawings was used for the analysis of the drawings. In addition, the height of each figure was measured in centimetres. Results- Long stay hospital school children placed more emotional indicators on drawing their best friend than short stay or mainstream schoolchildren. Furthermore, there was a significant overall gender difference, with boys showing more emotional indicators than girls. Finally, the size of the drawing showed a significant overall difference, with all children drawing themselves taller than their best friends. The implications of the results are discussed.

Item Type:Article
Keywords (uncontrolled):Hospital School; Children; Drawings; Emotion; Size.
Research Areas:A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Language, Learning and Cognition group
ID Code:7638
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Deposited On:18 Apr 2011 07:59
Last Modified:11 Mar 2015 17:30

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