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ERIC Number: ED317647
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Mar-16
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Black Children Draw Their Families: Some Surprises.
Habenicht, Donna J.; And Others
Analysis of the Kinetic Family Drawings (KFD) of black children offers counselors insight into children's perceptions of the black family that do not support traditional views. The KFD is a drawing of the child's family, including the counselee, doing something together. The child then explains the drawing and identifies each of the family members. Interpretation is based on the following elements: (1) style; (2) size and placement; (3) individual characteristics; (4) actions; and (5) symbols. The KFDs of a sample of 420 Midwestern black students between the ages of 6 and 12 were analyzed for the following traditional characteristics of black families: (1) extended kinship and closeness; (2) fluid family roles; (3) strong religious orientation; (4) low self-esteem; and (5) early sexualization. The following findings are reported: (1) generally, the children drew happy-looking families; (2) family cohesion and closeness and an extended family support network were not apparent; (3) symbols of religious influence or early sexualization were not evident; (4) the mother did not appear to be the dominant family figure; and (5) the father appeared to be the most influential family figure. A list of 34 references is attached. (FMW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A