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The Goodenough-Harris Draw-A-Person Test

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Anne Polan

on 2 July 2015

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What do I draw?
3 individual drawings on separate pieces of paper

A Man, A Woman, Themselves

No further instructions, no limitations, no right or wrong

One rule only-child must draw a whole person each time (ie..head to feet)
Time & Age
Children have 10 minutes to complete the drawings

Non-verbal so it can be given to children as young as 2 years of age
Do I measure up?
Round One
The beginning of when drawing was first thought to be associated with personality is unknown. (Think cave paintings, doodles, the works of Jackson Pollock)

Goodenough concluded through research that the amount of detail in a child's drawing could be used as an effective tool to assess levels of maturity
Published Works
Florence Goodenough (1886-1959), born in Honesdale, Pennsylvania

In 1924, she earned her PhD at Stanford University under the supervision of Lewis Terman (creator of the Stanford-Binet IQ Test)
The Goodenough-Harris Draw-A-Person Test
Machover's Makeover
Psychologists start to consider the test for determining differences in personality as well as intelligence

In 1949, Karen Machover develops the first measure of figure drawing to assess personality

In 1963 Dale B. Harris, working under Goodenough, revises the test and develops a separate scoring scale for males and females.
What is used today?
The Goodenough-Harris Drawing Test is most commonly used today as a measurement of intelligence and personality
Scoring is done via the Draw-A-Person: QSS (quantitative scoring system).
Analyzes 14 aspects of the drawings for various criteria including presence, absence, detail & proportion
A total of 64 scoring items per drawing
Goodenough developed the test as a supplement to the Stanford-Binet IQ test using it to measure intelligence.
The Draw a Man Test -
Measurement of Intelligence

by Drawings
by Florence Goodenough

The Goodenough-Harris Drawing Test -
Children's Drawings as Measures of Intellectual Maturity
by Dale B. Harris
Let's Assess!!!

Brittain, R. A., (2008).
Drawing dos and don'ts: the draw-a-person test as a measure of intellectual maturity?
Retrieved from: https://etda.libraries.psu.edu/paper/10081/5029

Draw -a- Person test. (n.d.). In
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
. Retrieved from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Draw-a-Person_test

Draw A Person Test | History of Projective Testing. (n.d.). Retrieved from: http://projectivetests.umwblogs.org/popular-tests/draw-a-person-test/

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