Chiew Yung YANG, Chin Chin LIM, Yvonne Hui Ying SIM
Journal of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners
Vol.19 No.2, December 2016
The handwriting of adolescents is an interesting and challenging topic. Although a number of similar studies have been conducted in the past, most of these pertain to handwriting in North America and as such, research is limited in Asia. The way handwriting is taught can vary significantly across geographical locations. As shown in the preliminary study conducted in 2014 on the handwriting of 60 students in Secondary 1 (12 to 13 year olds) from a school in Singapore, the writing styles and prominent characteristics of the local population showed differences from those previously reported in other countries. More work has since been done to expand this study to include a greater number of students from three local secondary schools. The results of writing samples from 382 students 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.