Self-figure drawings in women with anorexia; bulimia; overweight; and normal weight: A possible tool for assessment

Jonathan Guez, Rachel Lev-Wiesel, Shimrit Valetsky, Diego Kruszewski Sztul, Bat Sheva Pener

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Eating disorders (ED) are an increasing problem in children and young adolescents. This paper examines the use of self-figure drawing in the assessment of eating disorders. We combined the use of self-figure drawing as a short and non-intrusive tool with the administration of previously validated questionnaires (EAT-26 and the BSQ). Seventy-six women (thirty-six were diagnosed as having eating disorders according to DSM-IV criteria, either anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa, 20 were overweight, 20 had no eating disorders and were of normal weight) were recruited for this study. Objective and quantifiable methods of assessment in analysis of the self-figure drawing were used. The results indicated that self-figure drawing scores were clearly differentiated among groups. The results also indicated significantly high correlation between the self-figure drawing and the two validated psychometric assessments of eating disorders. The findings' implications and possible interpretations are discussed. Findings indicate that using self-figure drawing as a tool to assess ED or a tendency to develop ED would be valuable for practitioners.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)400-406
Number of pages7
JournalArts in Psychotherapy
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2010


  • Anorexia
  • Bulimia
  • Draw a Person
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-figure drawing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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