The Machover test.
A handbook from a perspective of developmental theory
Following the increased request for a revised edition of an
interpretation manual for the Machover-test, a new book has been
published in the autumn of 1997 by Psykologiförlaget AB, Stockholm.
It has been written by Britta Blomberg and Elisabeth Cleve, both
licensed psychologists and licensed psychotherapists working at the
Erica Foundation, in Stockholm, since many years.
Karen Machover created the "draw a person" test in
1949. This test is often used today in connection with psycho
dynamic evaluations and diagnostic assessments of children. The
evolution of developmental theory and the way in which children's
psychological difficulties are assessed has changed during the years.
When interpreting the Machover material an integration of theories
from drive psychology, ego psychology, object relation theory and
the theories concerning the self's development is recommended.
The book entails three parts.
Part I. A theoretical introduction to the Machover test including
a historical perspective on developmental psychology, diagnostic
assessments of children as well as a description of various kinds of
Part II. A handbook in the Machover-method that is designed by
the authors. A partly new approach regarding evaluation and
interpreting drawings of human figures and questionnaires is
presented. New guidelines have been developed to facilitate this
Part III. Application of the Machover-method. In this part of the
book a way of applying the new Machover-method is presented. It
entails 144 children's drawings of human figures and accompanying
questionnaires. The children taking part in this study were sampled
from a normal population of children living in Sweden, age 4-12.
This material may serve as a reference for psychologists using the