Thesis Title

Using the FEATS with Brain Tumor Patients

Graduation Date

Spring 2003

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


Lizbeth Martin, PhD

First Reader

Richard Carolan, EdD, ATR-BC

Second Reader

Arnell Etherington, PhD, MFT, ATR-BC


This study will address whether the Formal Elements Art Therapy Scale (FEATS) can be used to rate the art produced in the Pick an Apple From a Tree (PPAT) art assessment as an adjunct diagnostic tool in the diagnosis of brain tumors. Drawings created by children have been proven to assist in the diagnosis of migraine headaches. The headache drawings by these children were compared to the clinical diagnosis. These drawings showed results of having 93% sensitivity, 82.7% specificity, and a positive predictive value of 87.1% (Strafstrom, Rostasy, & Minster, 2002).

Experiments that were performed during neurosurgery have shown that there is an image of the body mapped on the brain (Kaplan,2000). This research investigated the PPAT drawings of 32 individuals who were diagnosed with a brain tumor prior to the study and a control group of 31 participants that had not been diagnosed with brain tumors. The pictures were assessed and scored with the FEATS to see if there is any pattern of irregularity or difference between the two groups.