Thesis Title

Using Draw-A-Person in the Rain Projective Drawing Assessment in Measuring Resilience and Coping in Children

Graduation Date

Spring 2012

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

Degree Granting Institution

Notre Dame de Namur University

Program Name

Art Therapy


John Lemmon, PhD

First Reader

Laury Rappaport, PhD, MFT, ATR-BC

Second Reader

Jo Wallace, PhD, LMFT, ATR-BC


This study investigated a projective drawing assessment. Draw a Person in the Rain (DAPR), with a protective and stress dichotomous measure, the Coping Index (Willis, 2009) for reliability and validity constructs. The hypothesis of this study was that the DAPR would correlate positively and significantly with the psychological clinical assessment Resilience Scales in Children and Adolescents (RSCA). In order test the faculty with which the DAPR could accurately measure children’s perceived stress, coping levels and resilience in stressful situations, analyses were performed to correlate it with the RSCA (Prince-Embury, 2005). Thirty children and adolescences from an ethnically mixed convenient sample participated in the study. First, Cohen’s Kappa coefficient was mn on the DAPR Coping Index for inter-rater reliability. Then the DAPR Coping Index as correlated with die RSCA widi Spearman Rho coefficient. Results of the study found no correlation between the two measures. Although die hypothesis was not met, the study reaffirmed that Projective Drawing Assessments and die post-drawing inquiry have an important and unique place in a battery of psychological assessments, adding additional information that may be missed by clinical assessments alone.