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FAMILY STRUCTURE OF JAPANESE JUVENILE DELINQUENTS: EVIDENCE FROM THE RESULTS OF THE DOLL LOCATION TEST

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Abstract:

Using Hatta's Doll Location Test, family structures of juvenile delinquents and non-delinquents were examined. Subjects were asked to present their actual and ideal family structures by means of pinning miniature dolls, representing family members and other people. Although ideal dyadic relations among family members as envisaged by both groups were similar, a discrepancy between actual and ideal family situations was revealed in the presentations of the juvenile delinquents. The dyadic distance between self and parent of the juvenile delinquents in actual life situation was greater than that of non-delinquents. The directions that the dolls representing family members were facing also showed a discrepancy between ideal and real life situations in juvenile delinquents, whereas no discrepancy was perceived in the non-delinquents' group.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1993.21.1.7

Publication date: 1993-01-01

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