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This paper presents a summary of the research literature concerning the psychological and behavioral impact of sexual abuse of children and adolescents. It examines the dynamics involved in the process of making such determinations and examines the utility of using Human Figure Drawings as part of an assessment battery to determine the probability of whether a child has been sexually abused. In addition, it presents findings from an ongoing research study involving 62 sexually abused children and their performance patterns on Human Figure Drawings. It contains an objective scoring system that can be used as a tool by school psychologists to analyze Human Figure Drawings. This system can be used to determine the probability that a child demonstrating learning, emotional, or behavioral adjustment problems may be in need of further psychological evaluation to rule out the possibility of sexual abuse. Table 1 is Definition of Emotional Indicators; table 2 is Descriptive Statistics for the Abused and Control Groups; table 3 is Order of Drawings Relative to the Child's Own Gender by Group; table 4 is Number of EIs made by Individuals within Each Group; and table 5 is Distribution of Total EIs < 10 for Abused Children. Also included is the Summary Sheet of Emotional Indicators in Human Figure Drawings. (Contains 10 references.) (JDM)

Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Child Abuse, Children, Counseling, Emotional Problems, Freehand Drawing, Human Body, Learning Problems, Literature Reviews, Psychological Testing, School Psychologists, Sexual Abuse, Visual Perception

Author: Webster, Raymond E.


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