ERIC Number: EJ722584
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Publication Date: 2005
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Race and Ethnic Differences and Human Figure Drawings: Clinical Utility of the DAP:SPED
Matto, Holly C.; Naglieri, Jack A.
Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, v34 n4 p706-711 2005
This study examined race and ethnic differences on the Draw A Person: Screening Procedure for Emotional Disturbance (DAP:SPED; Naglieri, McNeish, & Bardos, 1991) for youths 6 though 17 years of age for 2 matched samples. Samples were drawn from the DAP:SPED nationally representative standardization sample and matched on gender, grade, and school classroom. No statistically significant differences were found for big figure, small figure, or shading item composites. A statistically significant difference was found between Black-White pairs on figure omissions but showed a small effect size (d value = .25). Further, no statistically significant differences were found between the DAP:SPED Total T scores for Black and White youth (M = 47.67, SD = 10.09; N =138) or Hispanic and White youth (M = 48.20, SD = 9.56; N = 59), showing very small effect sizes. In addition, equivalence testing showed similarities across race and ethnic pairs for all composites and DAP:SPED total score, lending preliminary support to the DAP:SPED's clinical utility as a measure that yields similar scores across these groups.
Descriptors: Emotional Disturbances, Effect Size, Freehand Drawing, Racial Differences, Ethnicity, Youth, Children, Whites, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Evaluation Methods
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