Barron-Welsh Art Scale


Authors: Frank Barron & George S. Welsh

The Barron-Welsh Art Scale (BWAS) has been used in many studies of creativity. It does not require respondents to read or write and may be administered in any language to children and adults. The Manual includes an excellent chapter about the BWAS written by Gough, Hall, and Bradley (1996) "Forty Years of Experience with the Barron-Welsh".

Copyright © 1949 by George S. Welsh, 1987 by Consulting Psychologists Press, Inc.

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  • $50.00
    Includes details on reliability, validity, scoring, etc. and a review-only copy of the BWAS form. PDFs are not refundable.
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    Builds a report that interprets an individual's BWAS scores. You invite participants to take the survey and Transform™ generates their reports.
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    Interprets and reports on your BWAS scores. You complete the survey and Transform™ generates your report. Transform will connect this report to the "Send To" email provided at checkout. Note: This product is for a single use, with automated survey administration. For multiple uses, buy instead the Individual Report product in quantity needed.
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    Minimum purchase of 20. Allows you to administer the BWAS as an online survey using Mind Garden's Transform™ System. Includes data collection: data file with participants' raw data and raw scale scores. Optionally, Individual Reports can be generated from the collected data - requires the purchase of report licenses. Customization services are available.
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    Minimum purchase of 50. Allows you to administer the BWAS as an online survey via a non-Mind Garden survey system or as a paper and pencil survey. The downloadable PDF file includes one copy of the BWAS, scoring key, and permission to administer the BWAS up to the quantity purchased. The PDF is non-refundable.
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    Includes details on reliability, validity, scoring, etc. and a review-only copy of the BWAS form. This is a paper product. The manual will be printed, bound, and shipped to you (FedEx shipping costs apply).
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Features of the BWAS

Purpose: Measure creativity with non-verbal administration

Length: 86 images

Target Population: All ages and education levels

Norms in manual: Gender, Occupation

Uses of the BWAS

  • Creativity assessment
  • Personality assessment

The Barron-Welsh Art Scale gives two scale scorings. Each scale is a valid measure of Creativity.

Barron Welsh Art Scale

Barron Welsh Revised Art Scale

From the Manual

"Barron’s own views concerning the psychological nature of the dimension defined by scores on the BWAS include elements of personal style, social attitudes, and libidinal drives (Barron, 1953a, 1963). Sample images from the BWAS High scorers on the scale manifest greater strength of primary processes in ego functioning, such as symbolization, condensation, and substitution. “Reality” is thereby transmuted into new forms and into creative individual visions. Secondary processes stress logic, planfulness, goal directedness, and adherence to form. The truly creative person has access to the primary, even primitive, functions of the ego, but not at the cost of abandoning logical reality.

"Whatever the ultimate nature of the configuration or style of personality captured in scores on the BWAS—and the search for such an absolute may be as futile and meaningless as a search for the philosopher’s stone—there is no doubt about the convergence of our own studies as well as those cited in the appended bibliography in showing that the measures do identify creative talent, and that they do this independently of intelligence, personal soundness, gender, age, and other powerful determinants that all too often limit the utility of our assessment tools."

-- George S. Welsh, Harrison B. Gough, Wallace B. Hall, and Pamela Bradley in the Barron-Welsh Art Scale Manual (p. 43)

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