The Diagnostic Drawing Series: Research with Male Inmates Incarcerated for Murder
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
Degree Granting Institution
Notre Dame de Namur University
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.