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The authors report the results of psychologic studies of 272 Serbian children 5 to 12 years old who were sent to camps in Switzerland for recreation. Because of difficulties in language, the psychologic tests were based on three types of drawings. The children were asked to draw (1) the picture of a person, (2) a subject left to the imagination of the child and (3) a subject referring to their homeland.
It is instructive to a pediatrician to see how many interesting conclusions can be reached by using children's drawings for psychologic tests. The boys up to the age of 9 years always drew pictures of boys, never of girls; with increasing age the percentage of girls in the pictures increased and at the age of 12 years only 70 per cent drew pictures of boys. Similar observations were made on Swiss children. The authors offer as an explanation that
Kinderzeichnungen in vergleichend phychologischer Beleuchtung: Untersuchungen an serbischen Kindern.. Am J Dis Child. 1944;68(4):291-292. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1944.02020100063017