Asking children to draw a picture of family life is a simple and efficient way to assess their mental health.Children enjoy this activity and are more at ease as compared to filling out a questionnaire or having a formal interview. This past summer, I joined a research project in Ireland called the Healthy Schools Programme (HSP) that did just that. In total, 220 drawings of family life were collected from disadvantaged children aged eight to twelve years. The drawings gathered from this group were analyzed using a technique known as visual content analysis. This method involves examining drawings, pictures, or photographs to uncover common themes that can be coded and analyzed. The overall objective was to understand the connection between depression and how those who are depressed portray their family life, while determining whether visual content analysis is a valid tool for researchers to utilize.
UNH Undergraduate Research Journal
Brigid C. Casellini
Prakashini lanka, Catherine Comiskey and Carolyn Tobin
Durham, NH: Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research, University of New Hampshire
Shimer, Julianne, "Taking a Deeper Look into the Lives of Disadvantaged Children through Visual Content Analysis" (2015). Inquiry Journal 2015. 4.