Children in Distress book cover

Children in Distress

Author: Peterson, Linda Whitney Hardin, Milton Edward
Subject: Children's drawings--Psychological aspects; Projective techniques for children
Publication Date: May 1997
Format: spiral-bound (277 x 216 mm)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

A step-by-step demonstration of how to screen children's drawings for indicators of trauma. Children who have been traumatized but cannot talk about their experiences--either because they have pledged their silence or because they do not know the words--subconsciously call for help through their art. The authors have developed a simple, one-page art screening form for use with the "human figure drawing" (HFD) and the "kinetic family drawing" (KFD), which has brought a standardization to the interview of these children and the interpretation of their art. This is invaluable to front-line clinicians, private practitioners, trauma centers, child protective services, and the legal system.
  • Step-by-step instructions and self-tests help readers easily learn this important technique.
  • Contains scoring forms and illuminating case examples
  • Includes color art