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David Gussak

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231162517

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231162517.001.0001

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The Jailhouse Meeting

The Jailhouse Meeting

(p.47) 2 The Jailhouse Meeting
Art on Trial

David E. Gussak

Columbia University Press

This chapter recounts David Gussak's meeting with and assessment of Kevin Ward. Gussak administered the Person Picking an Apple from a Tree (PPAT) assessment, requiring Ward to use standardized art materials to draw a picture of a person picking an apple from a tree. This resulted in three assessment images, which were then rated using the Formal Elements Art Therapy Scale (FEATS), and demonstrated an overlap between major depression and schizophrenia. The majority of the scales indicate the possibility that Ward was suffering from depression based on his limited use of color, absence of environment, few to no details, and constricted use of space in his drawing. Schizophrenia became apparent in Ward's two other drawings, specifically through his incoherence, impaired abstract thinking, and loosening of associations as recognized through primary-process thinking, fragmentation, and unintelligible pictures.

Keywords:   Kevin Ward, use of colour, absence of environment, major depression, schizophrenia

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