Draw A Person: Screening Procedure for Emotional Disturbance
(Draw A Person: SPED)
Overview: Identify emotional or behavioral disorders
Qualification Level: B, Q2
Completion Time: 15 minutes
Norms: Standard Scores by sex, Percentile Ranks, and Confidence Intervals for three age groups
Publication Date: 1991
Identify emotional or behavioral disorders in just 15 minutes with Draw A Person: SPED. With proven reliability, Draw A Person: SPED is a nonverbal, nonthreatening screening measure for identifying these disorders in children and adolescents.
Administer with Draw A Person: QSS
Instructions are identical to the Draw A Person: A Quantatitive Scoring System. Drawings—man, woman, and self—may be obtained from a child during one administration using both systems. The scores may be used in assessing both emotional status and cognitive development.
The test is a highly reliable projective technique. Its scoring system shows excellent inter-rater and intrarater reliability, as well as test-retest reliability.
The test was standardized on a sample of 2,260 students representative of the U.S. population in terms of age, sex, geographic region, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.
The Draw A Person: SPED scoring system is composed of two types of criteria, or items. With the first type, eight dimensions of each drawing are scored; a separate template for each age group is provided. With the second type of criteria, each drawing is rated according to 47 specific items.
Cutoff scores are divided into three categories: additional assessment is not indicated; additional assessment is indicated; and additional assessment is strongly indicated.