Characteristics of some features of drawings of convicts who have committed sexual crimes against minors, according to the associative drawing test



The purpose of the study: to study the possibility of using the associative drawing test (ART) on sexual offenders who have committed crimes against minors and serving criminal sentences in prisons. Object of research: analysis of specific manifestations of graphic phenomena and their interpretation in the aspect of the relationship of the individual to the opposite sex, characteristics of his image, the severity and direction of aggression, as well as features of subjective perception and evaluation of the surrounding reality. The study included 34 male convicts, of which sex offenders made up 12 people (the first group), property offenders, 22 people (the second group). The results of the study: it was found typical for sex offenders, graphic elements and interpretation, indicating the presence of current problems related to paralioi identification, unstable poliolefin by the way I split gender roles for men and women, the inability to build a constructive relationship or dissatisfaction with relations with the opposite sex. The use of ART in dealing with sexual offenders serving criminal sentences in correctional institutions for crimes committed against minors as a basic technique is limited, since graphic images can be associated with psychogenic factors of the penitentiary social environment that affect the actual mental state.

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Keywords: associative drawing test, sex offenders, correctional institutions.

Journal rubric: Penitentiary Psychology and Penal Practice

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Didenko A.V., Pisarev O.M., Lanina M.N. Characteristics of some features of drawings of convicts who have committed sexual crimes against minors, according to the associative drawing test [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologiya i pravo = Psychology and Law, 2018. Vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 236–266. DOI: 10.17759/psylaw.2018080420. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Alexander V. Didenko, Doctor of Medicine, Associate Professor, Leading Researcher, Department of the Borderline States of the Mental Health Research Institute, Tomsk National Research Medical Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor of the Department of Psychiatry, Narcology and Psychotherapy of the Siberian State Medical University, Tomsk, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Oleg M. Pisarev, PhD in Psychology, Head of the Department of Organization of Personnel, Social, Psychological and Educational Work, Federal State Institution of Additional Professional Education "Tomsk Institute of Improvement of Professional Skill of Workers of the Federal Service of Execution of Punishments», Tomsk, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Marina N. Lanina, Head of Psychological Laboratory, Federal State Institution, Medical and Correctional Institution No. 1 of Management of Federal Penitentiary Service of the Russian Federation Across the Tomsk Region, Tomsk, Russia, e-mail:



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