Exploring Human Figure Drawings as an Assessment Tool for

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Exploring Human Figure Drawings as an Assessment Tool for
Departing OFW Domestic Helpers and Caregivers

This journal was written by Gilda Dans – Lopez of Ateneo de Manila University and Maria Caridad H. Tarroja of de La Salle University. It is entitled “Exploring Human Figure Drawings as an Assessment Tool for Departing OFW Domestic Helpers and Caregivers”. This is from the journal “Philippine Journal of Counseling Psychology (2010) Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 13-38. The statement of the problem or the issue discussed was about the human figure drawings as an alternative tool to giving standard and structured personality tests to departing Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW’s), a tool that can be used for screening and counseling purposes. The authors’ purpose is to find specific indicators that would objectify assessment of drawings of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW’s). The study is descriptive in nature. Correlations was used to specify indicators of global quality, ANOVA was used to determine the interaction and main effects and the LSD post hoc analysis was used to compare the scores. There were two hundred seventy – three female OFW participants in the study, all of whom were departing for the Middle East as a domestic helper. All participants were asked to draw a human figure drawing and each drawing was evaluated by three judges, with at least one judge being an experienced psychologist.

The title of the journal is quite good and appropriate but then if you first read it, you can’t easily understand what it is all about. For me it is too broad. The abstract is specific and short but lacks some information. The variables are stated but not directly. The purpose of the article is made clear in the introduction. It is constructed in a funnel – shaped way. The ideas are well emphasized and the author cited only the pertinent literature. Some section of the manuscript must be condensed because it is too long and makes it too hard to understand and not interesting...
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