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NCJ Number: NCJ 206176     Find in a Library
Title: Self-Report of Offending Among Serious Juvenile Offenders: Cross-Gender, Cross-Ethnic/Race Measurement Equivalence
Author(s): George P. Knight ; Michelle Little ; Sandra H. Losoya ; Edward P. Mulvey
  Editor(s): Edward P. Mulvey
  Journal: Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice  Volume:2  Issue:3  Dated:July 2004  Pages:273 to 295
Date Published: 07/2004
Page Count: 23
  Annotation: This study evaluated the measurement of a self-report of offending measure (SRO) among female and male juveniles and Hispanic, African-American, and White male juveniles.
Abstract: Adapted for this study, the SRO, the Self-Report of Offending was used to measure the juveniles’ account of involvement in antisocial and illegal activities. The study, supported by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention was designed to evaluate the cross-gender (male and female) and cross-ethnic/race measurement equivalence (Hispanic, African-American, and White) of a SRO. The study sample consisted of 1,354 juvenile offenders enrolled in the Research on Pathways to Desistance Project. To assess lifetime offending, 24 items were used to assess whether the juvenile had engaged in criminal activities, including aggressive crimes, income-generating crimes, and public order offenses. The pattern of results indicates that the SRO measure produces a reasonably good indicator of illegal activities. The confirmatory factor analyses indicated that the items on the SRO appeared to be assessing the same underlying construct. The construct validity coefficients indicated that the scores on the SRO were related significantly to all of the theoretically linked constructs examined in the set of analyses. The findings were consistent with the nomological net of expected relationships for a measure of illegal activities. The SRO measure appeared to be assessing criminal activities of Hispanic and White male research participants, and this measure appeared to have some scalar equivalence across these two groups. The SRO performed reasonably well in terms of measurement equivalence across gender and race/ethnicity. The study supports continued use of the SRO measure in heterogeneous groups of offenders. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Juvenile offenders
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors ; Ethnic groups ; Male female offender comparisons ; Juvenile delinquency research ; Serious juvenile offenders ; Self-report studies ; Race-crime relationships ; NIJ grant-related documents ; OJJDP grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: William Penn Foundation
United States of America

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
United States of America

William T. Grant Foundation
United States of America

National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America

Pennsylvania Cmssn on Crime and Delinquency
United States of America

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
United States of America

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America

Ctr's for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
United States of America
Grant Number: 1999-IJ-CX-0053; 2000-MU-MU-0007
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Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: Special Issue: Pathways to Desistance, for additional articles see NCJ-206173-175.
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