ERIC Number: ED036329
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969
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Do Negro Children Project a Self-Image of Helplessness and Inadequacy in Drawing a Person?
Henderson, Norman B.; And Others
It was assumed on the basis of projection theory that a picture of a person drawn by a child reflects that child's self-image. Six hundred ninety-eight 7-year-old economically disadvantaged children (Negro N=232, white N=466) were told to draw a picture of a person. Each picture was then scored as a Draw-A-Person Test. There was no significant difference between the black group and the white group on the total raw score. The black group's drawings were significantly more complete on the nine facial items and the white group's drawings were significantly more complete on the five arm-hand-finger items. The differences between black and white groups were small enough to demand caution in drawing conclusions from them about important socially determined personality differences between the races. (MH)
Descriptors: Personality Assessment, Projective Measures, Psychological Evaluation, Racial Differences, Self Concept, Test Interpretation
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Authoring Institution: American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.