Applying the Formal Elements Art Therapy Scale (FEATS) to Adults in an Asian Population

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Nan, Joshua
Master of Arts in Art Therapy
The Formal Elements Art Therapy Scale (FEATS) is a measurement system for applying numbers to global variables in two-dimensional art. However, to date, there are very few research studies being conducted in cross-cultural populations. The primary purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate the inter-rater reliability of the FEATS in applying it to adults in an Asian population (i.e. Hong Kong). Secondly, this pilot study aimed at obtaining normative data from another socio-cultural context other than a Caucasian population. Two groups of raters (a group of art therapists and a group of social workers) rated 51 drawings with the FEATS. The research results supported the hypothesis that the FEATS demonstrated strong inter-rater reliability correlations (Gantt & Tabone, 1998; Munley, 2002). The statistical method used in this study included the Pearson correlation coefficient for measuring inter-rater reliability correlations.