The family drawing test in Italian and Thailandian sexually abused children: an explorative study - The family drawing test is currently considered by many authors a useful tool in identifying the overall quality of family relationships in cases of sexual abuse. It was conducted a pilot study with the aim of highlight the role played by both environmental and innate features of graphic representations of sexually abused children. This study compared family drawing tests made by Italian (N = 24) and Thailand (N = 17) children victims of sexual abuse, aged between 6 and 13 years. Our data highlight that the Family drawing test can be considered, a useful tool to analyze cognitive, affective and emotional health of the child, in both cultural contexts examined. This research also shown that the test can be used as a mean of detecting the child’s own perception of his family and his social background.
Key-words: family drawing test, sexual abuse, cultural differences, graphic-formal sign, content sign.
Parole chiave: disegno della famiglia, abuso sessuale, differenze culturali, indicatori grafico- formali, indicatori di contenuto