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Title: Final Report: Scaling and Classifying Delinquent Careers: The Criminal Career-Line Approach
Author(s): W R Smith; D R Smith
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 214
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
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Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A scaling method known as the Variance Centroid Scaling was used to derive four dimensions of delinquency, based on a sample of 1,047 New Jersey delinquents.
Abstract: The dimensions described here explain how crimes co-occur in delinquent careers. Career-lines of 913 chronic delinquents, categorized as those with six or more arrests, were depicted as regression lines and classified on the basis of their fit to these underlying dimensions of crime. Criteria were established for identifying delinquent career-lines as stable, developmental, or diverse. Nine types of stable and developmental career-lines occurred frequently, accounting for over 66 percent of the chronic delinquents. The career-lines include burglary/auto theft to general delinquency, general delinquency to serious persons with burglary, general delinquency to serious persons, serious persons offenses to general delinquency, stable general delinquency career, status offenses to general delinquency, stable general delinquency career -- auto theft, general delinquency to property/petty crimes, and property/petty crimes to general delinquency. Chapter references and 3 appendixes
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Corrections; Criminal career patterns; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juveniles
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