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NCJ Number: 150107 Find in a Library
Title: Longitudinal Research From the Point of View of Clinical Criminology (From Cross-National Longitudinal Research on Human Development and Criminal Behavior, P 331- 339, 1994, Elmar G M Weitekamp and Hans-Jurgen Kerner, eds.)
Author(s): U Gatti; A Verde
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: Kluwer Academic Publishers
Norwell, MA 02061
Sale Source: Kluwer Academic Publishers
101 Phillip Drive
Norwell, MA 02061
United States of America
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The authors examine methods employed by longitudinal and clinical research from the perspective of criminology in order to study problems associated with the construction of data sets and the interpretation of results.
Abstract: Longitudinal studies use some of the psychological and psychiatric tools typical of clinical criminology, such as personality tests, behavior observation, rating scales, and interviews. On the other hand, clinical studies analyze motivation, conflicts, and past experiences to arrive at conclusions. Longitudinal studies are based mainly on quantitative and objective investigation, while clinical studies largely involve qualitative and subjective analysis. Elements common to longitudinal and clinical research studies are examined, as well as benefits of both research approaches in the study of human development and criminal behavior. The authors warn against automatic and uncritical uses of longitudinal research results because such uses may lead to oversimplified clinical criminology. 22 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Criminal justice research; Longitudinal studies; Research methods
Note: NATO Advanced Science Institutes Series
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