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Journal of the Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine 1985;9(2):16.
Human Figure Drawings by Children with Cerebral Palsy
Sei Joo Kim, M.D.
Department of Health Science, Wonju Medical College, Yonsei University
인물화를 통한 뇌성마비아의 신체상 발달에 관한 연구
연세대학교 원주의과대학 보건학과

Children's human figure drawings have been used widely as both a developmental and a projective assessment tool. Ninety-four human figure drawings by twenty-nine patients with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy were collected from February of 1978 to May of 1985 and examined. The study includes a description of these human figure drawings according to 11 developmental items, 11 emotional indicators, and 9 placement of drawings.

A summary of the results obtained is as follows;

1) The mean age for the drawings of the body was 8 years 11 months, and those of the arms horizontal and the arms down, 9 years 5 months and 9 years 10 months, respectively.

2) Among the 11 emotional indicators, drawings of hands cut off were most frequently seen (28.7%) next, poor integration of parts(20.2%) and finally slanting figure(13.8%) in descending order.

3) As for placement of drawings, center placement was most frequent(40.4%), followed by left side(29.8%) and then, top of the page(23.4%), also in descending order.

Key Words: Human figure drawing, Children, Cerebral palsy, Development, Assessment


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