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NCJ Number: 156422 Find in a Library
Title: Juvenile Victimization: Convergent Validation of Alternative Measurements
Journal: Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency  Volume:32  Issue:3  Dated:(August 1995)  Pages:287-308
Author(s): L E Wells; J H Rankin
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 22
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study compares the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) profile of juvenile victimization with comparable patterns of events from two other national data sets (the National Youth Survey and Monitoring the Future) that focus on juveniles and their experiences.
Abstract: Surveys of crime victims provide a useful supplement to official police measures of serious crime, providing a more accurate profile of street crime levels and a more dynamic view of crime as interactions between offenders and victims. Begun in 1973, the NCVS provides a systematic, reliable national assessment of crime and is the preferred source of data for many analytical purposes; however, the NCVS is not equally reliable for all types of victims and offenses. This is shown in a comparison of the NCVS profile of juvenile victimization with such victimizations shown in the National Youth Survey and Monitoring the Future. The large discrepancies in estimated levels of the criminal victimization of adolescents between the NCVS and alternative national surveys of juvenile experiences cannot be dismissed as technical deviations or measurement/sampling error. Rather, they may be due to more substantial differences in the social dynamics of the interviews that elicit victimization data from adolescent respondents. There is a need for the NCVS to develop interview procedures more appropriate to juvenile victims, who are the most frequently victimized segment of the population. 3 tables, appended victimization questionnaire, and 32 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Crime Statistics; Data collections; Victimization surveys
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