Value Orientations of Juvenile Delinquents



Objective. The study of the value orientations of juvenile delinquents in comparison with their law-abiding peers. Background. The terminal values of adolescents were analyzed using projective methods protected from the influence of the factor of social desirability on the answers. The study focuses on the values in the actual field of consciousness.
Study design. Comparative study of the content of the leading values of criminal and law-abiding adolescents. Participants. The sample was completed by 71 juvenile delinquents and 40 law-abiding teenagers.
Methods. The projective methods "Color Test of Relations" and "Sentence Completion Test" with the author's scheme of qualitative-quantitative data processing.
Results. The high significance of family values for both law-abiding adolescents and, especially, their criminal peers, combined with the low significance of prosocial values that do not fulfill the function of regulating their social behavior.
Conclusions. Deprivation of the leading needs (family environment, security, etc.) in juvenile delinquents at an educational colony increases the subjective significance of the corresponding values.

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Keywords: juvenile delinquents; personality; value orientations; Color Test of Relations; Sentence Completion Test

Journal rubric: Empirical Research

Article type: scientific article


Acknowledgements. The authors express gratitude for the help in the examination of representatives of the control group and the primary processing of data by Falkina S.A., Senior Lecturer at the Crimean Law Institution (branch) of the University of the Prosecutor Office of the Russian Federation.

Received: 06.05.2023


For citation: Kroz M.V., Ratinova N.A. Value Orientations of Juvenile Delinquents. Sotsial'naya psikhologiya i obshchestvo = Social Psychology and Society, 2023. Vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 85–98. DOI: 10.17759/sps.2023140306. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Mikhail V. Kroz, PhD in Psychology, associate professor, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Nataliya A. Ratinova, PhD in Psychology, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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