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NCJ Number: 57784 Find in a Library
Title: SURVEY OF HANDWRITING STYLES BY GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION
Journal: JOURNAL OF FORENSIC SCIENCES  Volume:22  Issue:4  Dated:(OCTOBER 1977)  Pages:827-834
Author(s): H W MOON
Corporate Author: American Soc for Testing and Materials
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United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: American Soc for Testing and Materials
West Conhohocken, PA 19428-2959
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A SURVEY OF HANDWRITING STYLES AND TEACHING SYSTEMS IN THE UNITED STATES IS PRESENTED.
Abstract: THE PRINCIPAL DUTY OF A DOCUMENT EXAMINER IS TO DETERMINE WHETHER A WRITING IS OR IS NOT AUTHENTIC. OCCASIONALLY HE IS ALSO ASKED TO DETERMINE THE GEOGRAPHIC ORIGINS OF THE WRITER BY HIS HANDWRITING STYLE. THIS STUDY SURVEYED AT LEAST 2 SCHOOLS IN EACH OF THE 50 STATES TO DETERMINE THE HANDWRITING SYSTEMS BEING TAUGHT. A TOTAL OF 154 LETTERS WERE MAILED TO INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS REQUESTING NAMES OF HANDWRITING SYSTEMS TAUGHT FROM KINDERGARDEN THROUGH SECOND GRADE. OF THE 154 LETTERS MAILED, 39 STATES RESPONDED (78 PERCENT OF THE 50 STATES). A BREAKDOWN OF THIS DATA ON THE SYSTEMS TAUGHT INCLUDES ZANER-BLOSSER, 47 PERCENT; PALMER, 21 PERCENT; PETERSON DIRECTED, 5 PERCENT; AND MISCELLANEOUS SYSTEMS, 23 PERCENT. WHEN PLACED IN THEIR RESPECTIVE POSITIONS ON A U.S. MAP, THE WIDESPREAD PATTERN CAN EASILY BE SEEN. FOR EXAMPLE, THE PALMER METHOD IS TAUGHT IN WASHINGTON, IDAHO, NEVADA, SOUTH DAKOTA, NEBRASKA, IOWA, ALABAMA, AND FLORIDA. THE MAP ALSO SHOWS THAT SOME STATES TEACH MORE THAN ONE STYLE OF HANDWRITING. THE ONLY SCHOOLS THAT TEACH AN INDIVIDUALIZED SYSTEM ARE LOCATED IN HAWAII. ALTHOUGH CERTAIN SYSTEMS OF HANDWRITING MAY PREDOMINATE IN CERTAIN AREAS, THERE IS NOT ONE SYSTEM OF HANDWRITING UNIQUE TO A PARTICULAR REGION. IN ADDITION, THE DIVERSE SYSTEMS TAUGHT AND OTHER CULTURAL FACTORS PRECLUDE AN ATTEMPT TO DETERMINE THE GEOGRAPHIC ORIGIN OF A PERSON BY HIS HANDWRITING STYLE. (MJW)
Index Term(s): Elementary school education; Handwriting analysis; Surveys; Techniques
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