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 drawing tests.

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 work.

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 Machover-method.

Machovertestet. Handbok med utvecklingsteoretiska perspektiv

Psykologiförlaget AB, 1997

ISDN 91-7418-223-4