Yang Chiew Yung, Lim Chin Chin and Sim Hui Ying, Yvonne
73rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners,
Toronto, Canada, Aug 8-13 2015. (oral presentation)
The handwriting of adolescents is an interesting and challenging topic as adolescence is the period when numerous and pronounced changes usually occur in the handwriting of the average writer before it matures and becomes stabilised in adulthood. Although a number of similar or related studies have been conducted in the past, most of these pertain to handwriting in the United States and such research is limited in Asia. The way handwriting is being taught can vary significantly across populations and as shown in the preliminary study conducted in 2014 on the handwriting of 60 students in Secondary 1 (equivalent to the Seventh Grade in the United States) from a school in Singapore, the writing styles and prominent characteristics of the local population showed differences from those previously reported. More work has since been done to expand this study to include a greater number of students from 3 local secondary schools. The results confirmed that there are a number of differences in the writing styles and characteristics of adolescents between the current Singapore study and previous studies from other countries.