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NCJ Number: 186692 Find in a Library
Title: Community-Based Judgement of Juvenile Offence Seriousness
Journal: Psychiatry, Psychology and Law  Volume:6  Issue:1  Dated:1999  Pages:93-103
Author(s): M. Sankey; G. F. Huon
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 11
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This study obtained judgements of juvenile offense seriousness from Australian police officers (n=13), undergraduate psychology students (n=15), teachers (n=14), and lawyers (n=12).
Abstract: Participants were asked to rate the seriousness of the 34 items in the Australian Self-Reported Delinquency Scale. The nine subscales assess specific domains of delinquent activity: cheating, status offenses, fighting, stealing of vehicles and their parts, drug use, theft, harming others, driving offenses, and acts of vandalism and disturbance. Judgements on each of the items were obtained by using a 21-point bipolar rating scale developed by Moffitt and Silva (1988). For those offenses judged to be most serious, the four groups showed similar ratings. For the offenses that were judged to be least serious, there was less agreement among groups in the assigning of seriousness values. Police deemed some status, drug, and good-order offenses to be significantly more serious than did the other groups. The eight most serious offenses in the order of their rating were forcing sex, weapon fight, blackmailing, drunk driving, starting a fire, breaking in, assaulting others, and vandalizing public property. 1 table and 12 references
Main Term(s): Foreign juvenile delinquency
Index Term(s): Crime seriousness measures; Juvenile Delinquency seriousness scales; Police attitudes toward delinquents; Public Opinion of Crime; Public Opinion of Juveniles
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