Correlational analysis of changes in children's Easter drawings as a function of a naturally-motivated expectancy

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Paul A. Roodin
Glen Vaught
William Simpson
Cite this article:  Roodin, P., Vaught, G., & Simpson, W. (1973). Correlational analysis of changes in children's Easter drawings as a function of a naturally-motivated expectancy. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 1(1), 43-49.


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Twenty-eight kindergarten (15 boys and 13 girls) and 20 first-grade (12 boys and 8 girls) children drew 4 pictures of either the Easter bunny or the Easter basket prior to Easter and 2 pictures of the same symbol after Easter. Height and width measures were obtained for each drawing and correlation matrices were constructed individually for age, sex, ordinal position, and symbol – bunny vs. basket. Patterns of change in the drawings as a function of these variables were examined and the correlations in drawing measures were assessed. The results supported the naturally-motivated expectancy hypothesis and suggested some neglected sources of variability in children’s drawings of Easter symbols.
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