Test of certain assumptions regarding figure drawing analysis

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Same sex figure drawings of 32 paranoid schizophrenics were evaluated by means of Machover's criteria and also by a “total impressionistic analysis for the presence of paranoid trends.” The majority of the drawings could not be identified by either criteria and there was no significant correlation between the 2 methods. Psychologists with training in figure drawing interpretations showed no greater agreement among themselves in their ratings of expression and stance than they did with psychologically untrained raters. “The total results suggest that it is precarious to accept most of the current assumptions regarding figure drawing analysis.” (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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