Presented is a manual for scoring the Bender Gestalt Test and the Human Figure Drawing Test for screening and diagnostic uses with emotionally disturbed, brain damaged, or perceptually handicapped 5- to 11-year-old children. Given are suggestions for administering and scoring the Bender test which examines distortion of shape, rotation, integration, and perseveration by means of nine figures the child attempts to copy. Given for each of the figures are definitions of the relevant factors scored and approximately 10 examples. Also given for each figure are specific indicators seen to point to brain damage or emotional disturbance. The use of the Human Figure Drawing test for screening elementary school children is discussed, and it is recommended that the drawings be analyzed for 10 positive indicators which are reported to reflect intelligence and motivation and six negative indicators said to show emotional problems. Finally a procedure and list of indicators are given for differentiating perceptually handicapped children who have emotional and learning problems from perceptually handicapped children without emotional and learning problems. (DB)
Bender Gestalt Test; Human Figure Drawing Test
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Ohio State Dept. of Education, Columbus. Div. of Special Education.