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NCJ Number: 229578 Find in a Library
Title: Exploration Into the Factors Associated with Specialization Among College Student Computer Criminals
Journal: Criminal Justice Studies  Volume:22  Issue:4  Dated:December 2009  Pages:421-434
Author(s): David N. Khey; Wesley G. Jennings; Lonn Lanza-Kaduce; Charles E. Frazier
Date Published: December 2009
Page Count: 14
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This study explored crime specialization among a group of college student computer criminals.
Abstract: While the prior research on whether or not offenders specialize and if certain offender sub-groups (e.g., violent, property, drug, and sex offenders) may tend to specialize more than others has typically produced results that suggest that most offenders do not specialize, one offender sub-group, for example, computer criminals, have largely been ignored in this literature. Relying on official longitudinal data sources for a large sample of college students, this study sought to examine if computer criminals tend to specialize and to explore what, if any, factors may distinguish computer crime specialists from generalists. Results suggested that age, being White, having a high grade point average (GPA), and not being affiliated with a Greek fraternity or sorority significantly predicted specialization. Study limitations and suggestions for future research are also discussed. Tables, figure, notes, and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Computer related crime
Index Term(s): Crime analysis; Crime patterns; Demographic analysis of crime; Property crimes; Students
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