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NCJ Number: 41719 Find in a Library
Title: EFFECT OF PUBLIC LABELLING
Journal: BRITISH JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY  Volume:17  Issue:2  Dated:(APRIL 1977)  Pages:112-125
Author(s): D P FARRINGTON
Corporate Author: Institute for the Study and Treatment of Delinquency
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Institute for the Study and Treatment of Delinquency
London, EC4 P4EE, England
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: RESULTS OF A BRITISH STUDY UNDERTAKEN TO TEST THE HYPOTHESIS THAT INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE PUBLICLY LABELLED AS DEVIANT WILL INCREASE THEIR DEVIANT BEHAVIOR AS A RESULT.
Abstract: IN TESTING THIS HYPOTHESIS, PUBLIC LABELLING IS OPERATIONALLY DEFINED AND MEASURED BY OFFICIAL CONVICTIONS IN COURT FOR CRIMINAL OFFENSES, WHILE DEVIANT BEHAVIOR IS OPERATIONALLY DEFINED AND MEASURED BY SELF-REPORTS OF THE COMMISSION OF CERTAIN DELINQUENT AND SOCIALLY DISAPPROVED ACTS. THE SUBJECTS WERE A SAMPLE OF LONDON WORKING CLASS YOUTHS FROM EIGHT TO EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE. A QUASI-EXPERIMENTAL MATCHING DESIGN WAS USED. THE RESULTS INDICATED THAT PUBLIC LABELLING (MEASURED BY CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS) INCREASES DEVIANT BEHAVIOR (MEASURED BY SELF-REPORTED DELINQUENCY SCORES). ...DMC
Index Term(s): Behavioral science research; Convictions; Deviance; Juvenile delinquency factors; Labeling theory; Self reported crimes
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