Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences

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Draw-a-Person Tests

  • R. W. KamphausEmail author
  • Eva Kurtz-Nelson
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_892-1


Draw-a-person tests are intended to assess intelligence or psychopathology by having an individual draw a human figure during a short period of time and then interpreting the drawing in accordance with a scoring system.

History and Current Status

These tests are part of the rich history of psychological assessment dating to at least Florence Goodenough’s Draw-A-Man Test of 1926. Numerous surveys of psychological practitioners have documented that various iterations of these measures have enjoyed widespread popularity to this day for assessing children’s intelligence and child and adult psychopathology (Lilienfeld et al. 2000). Other widely used and cited examples of the basic technique include Machover’s (1949) scoring system for human figure drawings, the Goodenough-Harris Drawing Test (1963), Koppitz “emotional indicators” scoring system for children’s human figure drawings, Naglieri’s (1988) Draw-A-Person: A Quantitative Scoring System (DAP:QSS), and Reynolds and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of EducationUniversity of OregonEugeneUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Bradley A. Green
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  1. 1.University of Southern MississippiHattiesburgUSA