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NCJ Number: NCJ 241820    
Title: Problems and Promise of Victimization Surveys for Cross-National Research (From Crime and Justice: A Review of Research, Volume 34, P 229-287, 2006, Michael Tonry, ed. - See NCJ-241816)
Author(s): James P. Lynch
Date Published: 2006
Page Count: 59
Sale Source: University of Chicago Press
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Chicago, IL 60637
United States of America
Publisher: http://www.press.uchicago.edu 
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis ; Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This essay examined the use of victim survey data to study cross-national differences in crime and criminal justice.
Abstract: In the late 1960s, self-report surveys of criminal victimization were controversial and new. Now, they are common, a mainstay of statistical systems and a familiar research tool. More complex questions have arisen concerning the validity and reliability of victim survey data, including whether they can be used in cross-national comparisons of crime and criminal justice issues. Victim survey data are sufficiently valid and reliable for use in cross-national comparisons. Victim surveys can tell us a great deal about crime cross-nationally that police administrative data cannot. While surveys in principle should be more comparable across nations than police administrative data, in practice this comparability cannot be assumed. Self-consciously comparative surveys, such as the International Crime Victimization Survey (ICVS) produce more comparable data across nations than nation-specific surveys do. Nation-specific surveys produce higher quality data on their specific nation than the ICVS does. Steps should be taken to enhance the quality of ICVS data and the cross-national comparability of nation-specific surveys. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Victimization surveys
Index Term(s): Data collection devices ; Offense statistics ; Cross cultural analyses ; Cross cultural comparisons
   
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