Thesis Title

The Use of Kramer Art Therapy Evaluation to Study Behaviors Related to the Diagnostic Indicators in the Art of Adolescents

Graduation Date

Fall 1998

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


This study investigated the effectiveness of the Kramer Art Therapy Evaluation in determining patients’ strengths and weaknesses as clues for recommending future art therapy treatment plans. The KATE was administered to 6 subjects with various diagnosis and an outline of process notes was created by the researcher with information based on previous research findings for a descriptive analysis of the individual sessions. The results were compared and indicate that through observation of the patients’ interaction with the art materials and the observer, their strengths and weaknesses and ability to sublimate are revealed. And noting the amount of control displayed and assistance required to complete each art task provides the clinician with clues as to what kind of art materials and art directives would help support the individual s specific needs in treatment. This study contributes to the research on the KATE and suggests that this method can provide additional information for the psychiatric treatment team in clinical settings.