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NCJ Number: 8732 Find in a Library
Title: DELINQUENCY IN A BIRTH COHORT
Author(s): M E WOLFGANG
Date Published: 1972
Page Count: 336
Sponsoring Agency: University of Chicago Press
Chicago, IL 60637
Sale Source: University of Chicago Press
1427 East 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: RESEARCH WHICH STUDIED A GROUP OF NEARLY 10,000 BOYS BORN IN 1945 WHO LIVED IN PHILADELPHIA FROM THEIR TENTH TO THEIR EIGHTEENTH BIRTHDAYS.
Abstract: MOST STUDIES OF JUVENILE DELINQUENCY DRAW UPON DATA FROM RECORDS OF DELINQUENTS' ENCOUNTERS WITH THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, MATCHING THIS REPRESENTATIVE GROUP OF JUVENILE DELINQUENTS WITH A REPRESENTATIVE SELECTION, OR CONTROL GROUP, OF NONDELINQUENT JUVENILES. SUCH A GROUP IS KNOWN AS A BIRTH COHORT AND PROVIDES A BROADER BASE FOR THE STUDY OF JUVENILE DELINQUENCY THAN IS USUALLY AVAILABLE TO RESEARCHERS. BY EXAMINING SCHOOL RECORDS, SELECTIVE SERVICE LISTS, AND RECORDS OF THE POLICE, COURTS, AND CORRECTIONAL AGENCIES, THE AUTHORS DETERMINED THAT APPROXIMATELY 65 PERCENT OF THE BOYS HAD NO KNOWN CONTACT WITH SUCH AUTHORITIES. THE OTHER 35 PERCENT WERE CLASSIFIED AS DELINQUENTS AND FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS STUDY WERE DIVIDED INTO ONE-TIME, MULTIPLE, AND CHRONIC OFFENDERS. STATISTICAL COMPARISONS WERE MADE BETWEEN THE DELINQUENT AND NON-DELINQUENT GROUPS BY MEANS OF SUCH FACTORS AS NUMBER AND KIND OF OFFENSES, ECONOMIC STATUS OF PARENTS, RACE, EDUCATION, AND FREQUENCY OF RESIDENTIAL MOVES. THE AUTHORS COMPLEMENT THEIR STATISTICAL ANALYSES WITH A NARRATIVE COMMENTARY. (SNI ABSTRACT)
Index Term(s): Behavioral and Social Sciences; Crime Statistics; Demography; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juveniles; Longitudinal studies; Recidivism; Socioculture; Statistical analysis; Statistics
Note: HV6253.W6
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