The depression on the Pfister's Colors Pyramids test


  • Anna Elisa de Villemor Amaral Universidade São Francisco
  • Ricardo Primi Universidade São Francisco
  • Flávia Helena Zanetti Farah Universidade São Francisco
  • Sandra Mônica da Silva Universidade São Francisco
  • Lucila Moraes Cardoso Universidade São Francisco
  • Renata da Rocha Campos Franco Universidade São Francisco



color pyramid test of Pfister, psychological assessment, depression


In this study our purpose was to identify the aspects in the Color Pyramid Test of Pfister which may be useful to the assessment of depressive patients. Our sample was composed by 19 participants previously assessed by the SCID as depressives. We used the Pfister's version composed by 24 colors and only the three beautiful pyramids. The results are compared with the performance of 110 no-patients and demonstrates that the high frequency of green, the absolute constancy of violet, the stratified forms with cuts or tendency to structures are significant for the group of patients Our results indicates that the sensibility of Pfister for the diagnosis of depression based on this aspects is about 86,4%. This test can helps satisfactory for the assessment of depression when associated to others techniques. This study contributes to the necessity to verify the possibilities and limitations in the use of this test.


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Amaral, A. E. de V., Primi, R., Farah, F. H. Z., Silva, S. M. da, Cardoso, L. M., & Franco, R. da R. C. (2004). The depression on the Pfister’s Colors Pyramids test . Paidéia (Ribeirão Preto), 14(28), 169-176.