Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
For many years there has been much interest in the use of human figure drawings as a projective technique for diagnostic use with the mentally ill. Psychiatric implications are attributed to practically every possible characteristic exhibited in the human figure, but until recently, little has been done toward establishing standards or norms describing objectively how various groups in the population actually perform when asked to draw a person. A clinician had no ruler by which to measure the performance of his client. He had no standard by which he could decide that the behavior exhibited was usual or abnormal for the given client. He could not say, "It is common for six-year-olds to omit hands, so for this six-year-old the omission of hands probably has no significance." Some of the more recent research using human figure drawings undertakes to set up such objective standards.
Whitehead, Bessie M., "A NORMATIVE STUDY OF SOME DEVELOPMENTAL ASPECTS OF THE HUMAN FIGURE DRAWINGS OF CHILDREN" (1961). Electronic Theses & Dissertations. 160.