Pictorial Experiences Scale for Children and Adolescents: A Pilot Study
Background: Use of pictures in psychological assessment with children and adolescents can be useful. Pictures are useful in understanding the internal world of the child, cognitive abilities, and psychopathology. Pictures used in assessments are primarily in the form of projective testing and to assess cognitive abilities. The present study aimed at developed a pictorial self-report tool to assess significant experiences in children and adolescents in the Indian setting.
Method: Pictorial Experiences Scale (PES) is the alternate form version of My Experiences Scale, developed by the first author. PES is a 50-item scale that assesses significant positive and negative experiences in a child and adolescent’s life. PES was individually administered on 80 participants, aged between 8 -16 years. The participants were school-going children and adolescents, and there was equal representation of age, gender, and socio-economic background.
Results: Alternate form reliability correlation of PES was computed using paired ‘t’ test. It found to have excellent alternate form reliability correlation coefficient of 0.99 and 0.98, respectively. The current study explores the process of developing a pictorial measure, the experience of participants on whom it was administered, and the scope for further research with PES.