The discriminative ability and interrater reliability of one quantitative method of scoring Kinetic Family
Drawings, (KFDJs), was explored, focusing on a little researched population - that of sexually abused
versus non-referred Zulu speaking females between 7 and 11 years of age. An additional 20 indicators,
suggested by various research to be frequent in the human figure drawings of (Western) sexually abused
children, were also evaluated.
The KFD's of 28 subjects were obtained. The 14 experimental group subjects were drawn from an
organisation which deals extensively with the child survivors and perpetrators of sexual abuse. The 14
control group subjects were drawn from alocal primary school and had no known history of sexual abuse.
Results were interpreted empirically. Results suggested that although the scoring system may be reliable,
it is sensitive to the training, theoretical stance, etc. of the user. It was also suggested that the indicators
used were not, as used by the scorers, able to distinguish between the KFDJs of the control and
experimental groups. The relevance of certain of the indicators to South African populations was
questioned since they were not scored at all by the scorers.
In view of the researcher's perception of shortcomings with this approach, she attempted to describe more
fully that which was depicted in the KFD's collected. Finally, several comments on the utility of viewing
drawings from social constructivist, deconstructionist and social constructionist understandings as a
complement to qualitative and quantitative approaches to the KFD were made.
Suggestions as to how the KFD could be fruitfully used were proffered. It was contended that the KFD
technique is not suitable for the use of lower level health care workers, that KFD's may have value in
therapeutic settings, and that quantitative methods are simply one set of meanings which could be used to
(partly) understand KFD's - attending to the child's context and the meanings he/she attributes to the
various aspects of the KFD was contended to be important.||en