Children's illness drawings and asthma symptom awareness

J Asthma. 2000;37(7):565-74. doi: 10.3109/02770900009090811.


This study examines the relationship between children's abilities to perceive their symptoms of asthma via several previously researched subjective and objective procedures compared with their performance on a standardized children's drawing task and scale criteria. Results indicated that girls verbalized significantly more emotions about their drawings and were better able to detect airflow changes in their small airways than boys. The Gabriels Asthma Perception Drawing Scales (GAPDS) is a promising clinical tool for assessing children's perceptions and emotions about asthma via nonverbal methods. Varying methods of measuring asthma symptom awareness are not highly correlated; thus, more than one methodology is appropriate for use with children.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Art
  • Asthma / diagnosis
  • Asthma / psychology*
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Child
  • Female
  • Forced Expiratory Volume
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Observer Variation
  • Pain Measurement
  • Perception*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Projective Techniques
  • Psychological Tests
  • Sick Role*