Children's drawings as a self-report measurement

Liat Hamama*, Tammie Ronen

*Corresponding author for this work

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The present exploratory paper addresses school-aged children's assessments of treatment outcomes using drawing as a self-report measure with usefulness for assessment and therapy. The process of using drawing in therapy can provide information on how a particular child perceives and conceives his or her own world. Examples are presented of drawings by three children with oppositional defiant disorder aged 10-11 years who participated in group intervention aiming to reduce aggressive behaviour. All three were asked to draw themselves twice on the same day at the end of treatment: (1) a retrospective drawing of themselves as they had been at the beginning of intervention; and (2) a drawing of themselves as they were now, after intervention. Children then described what they had drawn, revealing the change they perceived. Drawing as a self-report measure added information regarding: the child's ability for self-awareness; the link between thoughts, emotions and behaviours; and the process of change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-102
Number of pages13
JournalChild and Family Social Work
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2009


  • Assessment
  • Drawing
  • Self-report


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