Draw a Person in a Storm (DAPS): A content analysis of emerging concepts, themes, and patterns in adolescent drawings
This study introduces and explores a new projective technique, Draw a Person in a Storm. Adolescents (N = 90) 12 to 16 years old completed a drawing, drawing inquiry and two questionnaires measuring features of depression and coping ability. A frequency count of items within and across drawings and inquiries was calculated. Scores from the questionnaires were correlated to identify significant relationships. Results found that drawings coded as a severe storm correlated with several scales on the depression inventory, suggesting it may be a general indicator of emotional and behavioral difficulties. Additional findings were inconsistent with previous literature, suggesting that further research is needed. Limitations and future research are discussed.