Integrated interpretation of the Hand Test and the Landscape Montage Technique

[Speaker] Sasaki, Hiroko:1
1:Seitoku University (Japan)

Japanese children (N=10, 7 boys and 3 girls, aged 6 to 8 years) were administered the Hand Test (HT: Wagner, 1981) and the Landscape Montage Technique (LMT: Nakai, 1969). Generally, card VI of HT, drawn a fist, is expected to produce an aggressive (AGG) response. However, in Japanese people, the communication (COM) responses represented by "the Rock, in Rock, Paper, Scissors," is more popular, which is considered a reflection of basic Japanese communication style with implicit rules against the display of aggression. Results indicated that three participants did not produce such COM response. Two of their LMT drawings were unconstructed landscapes, with 10 items randomly drawn side by side. The other one participant did not draw a river and a mountain. It is suggested that "the Rock" response for the HT's VI card indicate a basic sense, or a framework for interactions that contribute to building relationships with others.
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