Gender differences in colour representation of legal and illegal scenarios

Francesca Baralla, Roberta Migliaccio, Roberto Sgalla, Massimiliano Palmiero, Laura Piccardi, Anna Maria Giannini

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This paper outlined the relevance of drawing in learning processes activated during a training aimed at sensitizing values related to the concept of 'legality'. Two independent judges classified drawings of 186 children as 'legal' or 'illegal' considering the content and the description provided. We analysed gender differences in using bright and dark colours and within-group differences between bright and dark colours in legal/illegal scenarios. Girls used brighter colours than boys in both scenarios. Moreover, girls used darker colours for illegal scenarios, whereas boys used darker colours for both scenarios. These results suggested that girls depicted illegal scenarios on negative feelings towards the concept of illegality, whereas boys did not seem to be affected by the feeling towards the drawn topic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-83
Number of pages5
JournalPsychology and Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Bright
  • Civic Education
  • Dark
  • Drawings
  • Emotions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychology(all)


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