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The Biopsychosocial Usage of Draw Your Family Test in Children in Family Medicine [anatol j fm]
anatol j fm. Ahead of Print: ANATOLJFM-32154 | DOI: 10.5505/anatoljfm.2021.32154

The Biopsychosocial Usage of Draw Your Family Test in Children in Family Medicine

Ali Uçar1, Derya AKBIYIK2
1Health Sciences University, Dışkapı-Yıldırım Beyazıt Health Application and Research Center, Ankara, Turkey
2Hitit University, Department of Internal Medicine Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Çorum, Turkey

INTRODUCTION: In family medicine practices, children are generally evaluated biologically, but their psychosocial evaluation is lacking. In this study, it was aimed to test the use of the Draw Your Family Test (DYFT) in the context of biopsychosocial evaluation of children in family medicine practices and to reveal the comparative results with the parental evaluation.
METHODS: This work is a cross-sectional, descriptive, and prospective study conducted to examine the drawings made by children between the ages of 4-12 who applied to the family physician doctor in Yunus Emre Family Health Center in Altındağ District of Ankara, between 1 February 2019 and 30 April 2019. A total of 212 children were included in the study. DYFT was applied to the children and the drawn pictures were evaluated by using the Koppitz’s Emotional Indicators Scale (EIS). Parents of the same children were asked to complete the Conners’ Parental Rating Scale (PRS).
RESULTS: As a result of the DYFT, data showing that 85 children may have developmental retardation, lack of self-confidence, communication disorder, and socialization problems. In the Conners’ PRS applied to parents, data indicated that 141 children may have many disorders of hyperactivity, behavioral, attention deficit, anxiety and psychosomatic. At the end of the study, it was observed that 41 children scored high on both the Koppitz’s EIS and the Conners’ PRS.
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: Starting with drawing tests after a short training of family physicians will increase their communication with children and enable them to evaluate psychosocially.

Keywords: Family Medicine, Biopsychosocial Models, Child, Behavior Disorders

Corresponding Author: Ali Uçar, Türkiye
Manuscript Language: English
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