Brief report: Human figure drawings by children with Asperger's syndrome

Lim, Hui Keow and Slaughter, Virginia (2008) Brief report: Human figure drawings by children with Asperger's syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 38 5: 988-994. doi:10.1007/s10803-007-0468-z

Author Lim, Hui Keow
Slaughter, Virginia
Title Brief report: Human figure drawings by children with Asperger's syndrome
Journal name Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0162-3257
Publication date 2008-01-01
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10803-007-0468-z
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 38
Issue 5
Start page 988
End page 994
Total pages 7
Editor Gary B. Mesibov
Place of publication United States
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Language eng
Subject 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Abstract Twenty-nine children with Asperger’s syndrome and 28 typically developing children, matched on gender, chronological age and nonverbal IQ, were asked to produce a free drawing, then requested to draw a person, a house and a tree. The drawings were scored using standardized procedures for assessing accuracy, detail and complexity. There were no differences between the diagnostic groups on the tree or house drawing scores. The human figure drawing scores of children with Asperger’s syndrome were significantly lower than those of the typically developing children, and there was a positive correlation between human figure drawing scores and communication sub-scores on the Vineland Adaptive Behaviour Scales, for the Asperger’s group. These results suggest that the selective deficit in generating human figure representations may derive from a relative lack of interest in the social world, and/or limited practice in drawing people.
Keyword Asperger's syndrome
Human figure drawing
Pictorial representation
Draw-a-person test
Vineland adaptive behaviour scales
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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