skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 134676 Find in a Library
Title: Delinquent Recidivism (From Delinquency Careers in Two Birth Cohorts, P 99-174, 1990, by Paul E. Tracy, Marvin E. Wolfgang, et al., -- See NCJ-134672)
Author(s): P E Tracy; M E Wolfgang; R M Figlio
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 76
Sponsoring Agency: Plenum Press
New York, NY 10013
Sale Source: Plenum Press
233 Spring Street
New York, NY 10013
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Data from 9,945 males born in Philadelphia in 1945 and 13,160 males born in Philadelphia in 1958 provided information regarding the likelihood of recidivism among juvenile delinquents and the severity and timing of offense.
Abstract: The results revealed that 53.6 percent of the delinquents in the 1945 cohort and 58.2 percent of the delinquents in the 1958 cohort were recidivists, with 18 percent of the first group and 23 percent of the second group arrested 5 or more times. In addition, first offenses were most often nonindex offenses and occurred at just over 14 years of age. The chronic recidivists also tended to specialized in the types of offenses committed. The results were clear for both cohorts, although different patterns were found by race. Repeat offenses tended to increase in seriousness as well, especially for offenses involving injuries. Finally, multiple regression analysis showed no significant variation in offense severity in relation to predictive factors such as prior severity, age, time between offenses, and number of intervening offenses. Tables
Main Term(s): Juvenile crime patterns; Juvenile Recidivism
Index Term(s): Juvenile Delinquency seriousness scales; Juvenile recidivists; Male juvenile delinquents; Pennsylvania
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.