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NCJ Number: 162293 Find in a Library
Title: Delinquency Research: An Appraisal of Analytic Methods
Author(s): T Hirschi; H C Selvin
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 307
Sponsoring Agency: Transaction Publishers
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Publication Number: ISBN 1-56000-843-1
Sale Source: Transaction Publishers
Rutgers-the State University
140 West Ethel Road
Units L-M
Piscataway, NJ 08854
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This guide to delinquency studies discusses how to analyze survey data, critiques delinquency research, and presents original essays on methodology.
Abstract: The new introduction to this edition describes the setting in which the book was written, noting that it expresses optimism that well-conducted research and analysis will lead to important advances in the field. Part I contains two chapters on the nature of methodological criticism. A chapter on "Approaching Methodology" considers methodological criteria and the roles of the methodologist and the investigator. A chapter on "Critiques of Delinquency Research" contains sections on critiques by opponents of quantitative research and critiques by other students of delinquency. Part II focuses on "Causal Analysis." Six chapters discuss principles of causal analysis, causal order, genuine and spurious relations, links in the causal chain, interaction of variables, and false criteria of causality. Part III consists of two chapters on multivariate analysis. The chapters address some problems of multivariate statistical analysis and the shortcomings of tabular analysis. Five chapters on "Conceptualization and Inference" compose Part IV. They discuss concepts, indicators, and indices; reliability and scaling; statistical inference; description and prediction; and individual and group variables. Chapter notes and a subject index
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency research
Index Term(s): Research methods; Statistical analysis
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