ERIC Number: ED034705
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Relation Between Human Figure Drawing and Test Anxiety in Children. Research and Development Memorandum No. 52.
Engle, Patricia L.; Sieber, Joan E.
To assess validity of the human figure drawing test (HFD) as a predictor of test anxiety, 27 HFD scoring indices were developed, yielding a total HFD score, cautiousness subscale, and poor-planning subscale. The sample of 57 girls and 76 boys chosen at random from grades 5 and 6 of a suburban upper-middle class school, completed HFD tests, a test-anxiety and defensiveness questionnaire, and a problem-solving task which yielded four behavioral measures. Intercorrelations of all measures, and stepwise regression analyses between subscales, six independent anxiety measures, and IQ were obtained. Findings indicate that total HFD scores were related to self-reported test anxiety (r=.40), defensiveness (r=.24), and response latency in problem solving (4=.91). Individual HFD indices and subscales had little predictive value. Results indicate limited clinical value of the HFD test as a predictor of test anxiety. (Rationale, implications, a 21-item bibliography, and the HFD scoring system are included.) (Author/JS)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Stanford Center for Research and Development in Teaching.
Identifiers: Human Figure Drawing Test