Thesis Title

The Diagnostic Drawing Series: Research with Male Inmates Incarcerated for Murder

Graduation Date

Fall 1995

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

Degree Granting Institution

Notre Dame de Namur University

Program Name

Art Therapy


This research paper investigates whether or not violent indicators, such as themes and related symbols of murder and/or death appear in the Diagnostic Drawing Series of individuals who have committed first and/or second degree murder.

The population chosen for this research project consisted of 30 male subjects, between the ages of 18 and 25 years, who are currently serving 25 years-to-life sentences at the California Youth Authority, for a PC 187 murder conviction of first and/or second degree murder.

This study is a unique contribution to research studies using the Diagnostic Drawing Series, as it is the first in the United States to utilize this specific population in a prison setting.