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Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics

Neil J. Salkind & Kristin Rasmussen

Pub. date: 2007 | DOI:

Print ISBN: 9781412916110 | Online ISBN: 9781412952644

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Kinetic Family Drawing Test

Fran Vertue

The Kinetic Family Drawing (KFD) is a projective test used to understand and assess the perspectives of children and adolescents on their families. Interpretation of the KFD is based on the “projective hypothesis,” which is an assumption that an individual, when drawing a picture on a blank page, will project his or her thoughts, concerns, conflicts, needs, motivations, and frustrations into the picture. According to one of the originators of the KFD, Robert C. Burns, the KFD allows us to see the self as it is reflected and expressed in the family; it enables the young person to depict the family as a functioning, active unit and allows us to see the child's impressions of these dynamic interactions among family members. Administration of the test is simple, requiring the individual to “draw a picture of your whole family, including According ...

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