and : The educational benefits of „Draw a Person with disability” test

The aim of the research is to reveal the hidden dimensions of attitudes towards disability with projective drawing tests. Encountering with someone with disability can be an overwhelming experience in which a wide range of intrapersonal conflict can be present. Thus, it is difficult to express these encounters with verbal narratives, especially, because expressing negative feelings and thoughts about disability are against the social norms and rules. Authors studied 116 drawings: they asked different professionals and examined the emerging patterns in the light of related literature. There were different categories established according to the personal engagement of the author of the drawing from the schematic stick-figure to the complex and symbolic narratives. The authors identified many signs associated with different stereotypes of disability, such as social isolation, subordinated, childlike or equal social status, roblem-centered or person- centered approach. Because of the complexity and different layers of a drawing the narrative of the author is necessary to understand the picture. The main benefit of this test for educators and researchers is to providing opportunity to express someone’s attitude towards disability in its complexity and helps to reveal and verbalize hidden or difficult narratives as well.

Key words: projective drawing test, attitude measurement, disability, disability awareness

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Year: 2018
Issue: 2
Page: 62-74
15
Jun 2018
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