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본 연구는 비행청소년의 우울, 삶의 목적 및 비행충동들 간의 인과관계를 분석하고, 이 변인들에 대한 의미치료의 효과를 검증할 것이다.본 연구의 가설은 다음과 같다:1. 비행청소년들에서 우울은 비행충동과 정적상관을 이룰 것이다.2. 비행청소년들에서 삶의 목적은 비행충동과 부적상관을 이룰 것이다.3. 비행청소년들에서 우울보다는 삶의 목적이 비행충동을 더 잘 설명할 것이다. 4. 의미치료에 참여한 청소년들의 우울수준은 대기통제 집단의 우울수준보다 더 감소할 것이다. 5. 의미치료에 참여한 청소년들의 삶의 목적수준은 대기통제 집단의 삶의 목적수준보다 더 증가할 것이다.6. 의미치료에 참여한 청소년들의 비행충동 수준은 대기통제 집단의 비행충동수준보다 더 감소할 것이다.


The purpose of this study is to investigate the causal relationship among the depression, purpose in life and delinquency impulsivity of juvenile delinquents, and to explore the effects of Logotherapy in juvenile delinquents. The scales used in this study were Beck Depression Inventory-Korean Version, Purpose in Life Test and Delinquency Impulsivity Scale. First, it was assumed that the depression and the purpose in life effect the delinquency impulsivity, especially the purpose in life's effectiveness is larger than depression's effectiveness. Data used in this analysis were based on a scales collected from 265 juvenile delinquents at the Jeonju Probation Center and the Goonsan Probation Center. The result of path analysis, the purpose in life was an important mediator between the depression and delinquency impulsivity. Next, participants who scored 92 or less of Purpose in Life Test among 265 juvenile delinquents were assigned to 7 in the Logotherapy Group and 7 in the Waiting List Control Group to explore the effects of Logotherapy. After 10 logotherapy sessions, purpose in life of the therapy group were increased more than of the waiting list control group, depression and delinquency impulsivity were decreased more than of the waiting list control group. Finally, the meanings and the limitations of the study, and the suggestion for the future study were discussed.