The Draw a Person: Screening Procedure for Emotional Disturbance (DAP:SPED) is a screening test that helps identify children and adolescents who have emotional problems and require further evaluation. DAP:SPED was normed on a nationwide sample of 2,260 students ages six-seventeen. Items are based on an exhaustive review of the literature on human figure drawings, and the test is objective and quick to score.
The DAP:SPED tasks rate the drawings of a man, a woman, and the self. The assessment yields a standard score (T score) that determines if further assessment is indicated, is not indicated, or is strongly indicated. It is easy to use, and the test may be administered individually or in a group.