Family Drawing in Couple and Family Therapy
Name of Concept
Artwork in Couples and Family Therapy
Drawings were made in ancient times on walls of caves in Southern Europe and in Egyptian tombs, and they have continued as spontaneous expressions of the human condition throughout history. However, the use of drawings to provide therapeutic understanding of children, couples, and families had its beginnings in the 1920s when Florence Goodenough developed the Draw-A-Man Test as a nonverbal measure of intelligence. Influenced by psychoanalytic concepts, projective tests were developed to study personality traits in children (Handler and Thomas 2014). The administration of figure drawings that included the Draw-A-Person, House-Tree-Person, the Kinetic Family Drawing were commonly used in the early child guidance clinics established in the USA, and they are still in used in child, family, and sometimes couples’ therapy.
Theoretical Context for Concept
One of the pioneers in art therapy, Judith Rubin wrote a book Artful...
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