This study explores adult women's characteristic responses to FKW drawings in relation with their
experience of physical abuse, and examines the applicability of FKW drawings as a diagnostic tool to
estimate abuse experience among adult women. Study participants were 189 adult women and, for them,
Straus's Conflict Tactics Scale test and FKW drawings test were conducted. This study, with the Conflict
Tactics Scale, grouped abuse-experienced participants and none-abuse-experienced participants, and analyzed
differences in characteristic responses to FKW drawings between the two groups. The results are as follows.
First, the two groups showed statistically significant difference in formal components, except color energy, of
FKW drawings such as degree of color, stability of color, number of used colors, use of space, detailed
representation, and color psychology. That is, compared to the none-abuse-experienced group, the
abuse-experienced group showed more expression of shape only with frame, less number of used colors,
higher rate of unstable colors, and more use of contrasting colors. In addition, the group exhibited more
not-used space and less detailed representation. Second, the two groups also showed significant difference
in contents components of FKW drawings, including dark clouds, rain, the sun, movement, and explanation
of drawing. Compared to none-abuse-experienced group, the abuse-experienced group exhibited more scenes
of dark clouds and rain, more expressions of the big and strong sun, and more presentations of movement
in weather drawings.