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NCJ Number: 122144 Find in a Library
Title: Assessing Indicators of Crime Among International Crime Data Series
Journal: Criminal Justice Policy Review  Volume:3  Issue:1  Dated:(1989)  Pages:28-47
Author(s): W S W Huang; C F Wellford
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 21
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: To examine the reporting consistency of national crime statistics collected by five international crime data series, definitions of indicators of crime are first compared to test hypothesized relationships for pairs of series.
Abstract: The 1970 and 1980 series data are analyzed to assess the degree and level of correspondence between series, taking into account the similarities and differences of crime definition. Regression analysis suggests that data on murder and robbery form a reliable base for cross-national consistency of reports in the categories of assault, sex offenses, and theft. It is concluded that if cross-national indicators of crime are narrowly defined consistent with national crime codes, then data can be reliably reported by most countries. 2 figures, 5 tables, 35 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Crime measurement; International crime statistics
Index Term(s): National crime statistics; Offense classification
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