Efficacy of drawings as a measure of attachment style and emotional disturbance

Singh, Jasmin and Rossouw, Pieter (2015) Efficacy of drawings as a measure of attachment style and emotional disturbance. International Journal Of Neuropsychotherapy, 3 2: 124-130. doi:10.12744/ijnpt.2015

Author Singh, Jasmin
Rossouw, Pieter
Title Efficacy of drawings as a measure of attachment style and emotional disturbance
Journal name International Journal Of Neuropsychotherapy
ISSN 2202-7653
Publication date 2015-08
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.12744/ijnpt.2015
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 3
Issue 2
Start page 124
End page 130
Total pages 7
Place of publication Park Ridge, QLD Australia
Publisher Dahlitz Media
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Many studies have explored the link between attachment and emotion in children, but none have explored this through children’s drawings. The current study aimed to investigate this gap in the literature. It was hypothesized that children would differ in scores of emotional disturbance based on their attachment style. Specifically, children with secure attachment would have lower emotional disturbance than children with insecure attachment. Three human figure drawings (person, self, and family) were collected from 43 schoolchildren aged between 5 and 12 years. The drawing procedure and emotional disturbance scores were based on the Draw A Person: Screening Procedure for Emotional Disturbance developed by Naglieri, McNeish, and Bardos (1991) and the Kinetic Family Drawing developed by Burns and Kaufman (1972). Using the Family Drawing Checklist developed by Fury, Carlson and Sroufe (1997), the children’s family drawings were categorized into the attachment styles of secure and insecure. This is the first study in Australia to look at these variables. Children attending a mainstream school where pathology is not expected were used in the study. Some indicators of emotional disturbance were detected; however, differences in emotional disturbance indicators between securely and insecurely attached children were not significant. Methodological issues that may have contributed to nonsignificant results, practical implications, and future directions are discussed.
Keyword Art therapy
Draw A Person
Kinetic Family Drawing
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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