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 Koppitzs 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 Koppitzs 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.