The purpose of this study was to assess the validity of six characteristics of drawings cited in the literature as indicators of aggression. The study was designed to compare the drawings of students to their rated behavior on the Aggression sub-scale of the Child Behavior Checklist-Youth Self Report form. It was hypothesized, based upon past research, that students who rated their behavior as aggressive would demonstrate a significant number of the aggressive characteristics in their drawings. One-hundred seventy, eighth grade students participated in this study by completing the checklist and drawing a person. The results obtained did not support the claims of previous researchers that the six characteristics are indicators of aggressive behavior in students. Limitations of this study include a small sample size, a limited age range, and a limited number of characteristics measured.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Aggressiveness in children; Draw-A-Person Test; Behavioral assessment of children
Department, Program, or Center
Department of Psychology (CLA)
Underwood, Jennifer, "Assessment of aggression in children: The Use of human figure drawings" (1997). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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