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Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 287–298 | Cite as

Human figure drawings of gender-problem children: A comparison to sibling, psychiatric, and normal controls

  • Kenneth J. Zucker
  • Jo -Anne K. Finegan
  • Robert W. Doering
  • Susan J. Bradley
Article

Abstract

The Draw-a-Person test was used to evaluate a number of questions regarding children referred for potential problems in their gender-identity development (N=36). Sibling (N=31), psychiatric (N=23), and normal (N=30) children served as comparison groups. The major results included the following: (1) The gender-referred children were more likely to draw an opposite-sex person when requested to “draw a person” than were the other three groups; (2) the gender-referred children who drew an opposite-sex person were more likely to play with opposite-sex toys and dress-up apparel on a free-play task than were the gender-referred children who drew a same-sex person; (3) the gender-referred children drew taller opposite-sex persons than same-sex persons; (4) using Koppitz's (1968) criteria, the normal children had a smaller proportion of emotional disturbance indicators in their same-sex drawings than did the other three groups. These findings were discussed with regard to psychometric and interpretive issues in the assessment of children with atypical gender-role behavior.

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Normal Control Comparison Group Small Proportion Potential Problem Normal Child 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth J. Zucker
    • 1
  • Jo -Anne K. Finegan
    • 1
  • Robert W. Doering
    • 1
  • Susan J. Bradley
    • 1
  1. 1.Child and Family Studies CentreClarke Institute of PsychiatryTorontoCanada

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