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Drawings vs. narratives: drawing as a tool to encourage verbalization in children whose fathers are drug abusers.
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PMID:  17375809     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The study aimed to examine the extent to which the use of drawing prior to narrative description increases the richness of the narrative given by children who are exposed to a succession of negative life events. The sample consisted of study and comparison groups (60 children: 27 boys, 33 girls), ranging in age from 9 to 14, whose fathers were addicted to drugs. The study group was asked to first 'draw your life in the shadow of your father's addiction to drugs', then verbally describes 'your life under the shadow of an addicted father'; the comparison group was asked only the latter. Following evaluation of drawings and narratives by two judges, analysis of variance between the groups' narratives revealed that when children were first asked to draw, their narratives were more detailed and more revealing of emotions compared to children who were asked only to verbally describe their lives, whereas expressions of resistance and splitting were more apparent in the comparison group.
Rachel Lev-Wiesel; Revital Liraz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical child psychology and psychiatry     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1359-1045     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry     Publication Date:  2007 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-03-22     Completed Date:  2007-05-09     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9604507     Medline TA:  Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  65-75     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Social Work, University of Haifa, Haifa 31095, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Domestic Violence / psychology*
Projective Techniques*
Stress, Psychological / psychology
Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology
Verbal Behavior*

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