Updating the silver drawing test and draw a story manual
There are many versions of the test, but the one discussed in detail here is the version by Karen Machover in 1949.
History: The official beginning of when figure drawing was first thought to be associated with personality is unknown.
Whether it was the drawing on a cave wall, a painting by a great artist, or a doodle made by an average person, the curiosity somehow came about.
However, the formal beginning of it’s use for psychological assessment is known to begin with Florence Goodenough, a child psychologist, in 1926 (Scott, 1981).
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The test was developed to assess maturity in young people. This chapter is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Draw, Write, Speak, Play: The Role of Projection in Diagnosis and Therapy of Children and Adolescents, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Martin H. Every figure drawing test asks the drawer to include some kind of description or interpretation of what is happening in the picture.
These elements are also analyzed accordingly (Weiner & Greene, 2008).Over the years, the test has been revised many times with added measures for assessing intelligence (Weiner & Greene, 2008).