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NCJ Number: 64186 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: CORRELATES OF DELINQUENCY - THE ILLUSION OF DISCREPANCY BETWEEN SELF-REPORT AND OFFICIAL MEASURES
Journal: AMERICAN SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW  Volume:44  Issue:6  Dated:(DECEMBER 1979)  Pages:995-1014
Author(s): M J HINDELANG; T HIRSCHI; J G WEIS
Corporate Author: American Sociological Review
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Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 20
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Type: Survey
Language: English
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Annotation: THIS LITERATURE REVIEW EXPLORES THE EXTENT TO WHICH STUDIES OF DELINQUENCY THAT USE OFFICIAL RECORDS PRODUCE RESULTS COMPATIBLE WITH STUDIES OF DELINQUENCY THAT USE SELF-REPORTS OF ADOLESCENTS.
Abstract: STUDIES USING SEX, RACE, AND SOCIAL CLASS AS CORRELATES OF DELINQUENCY DISPROVE THE NOTION THAT OFFICIAL AND SELF-REPORT METHODS PRODUCE CONTRADICTORY RESULTS. TO REACH A CONCLUSION OF DISAGREEMENT, EVALUATORS USE SEVERAL TECHNIQUES; THE MOST GENERAL IS THE ASSUMPTION THAT SELF-REPORTS AND OFFICIAL DATA TAP THE SAME DOMAIN OF BEHAVIOR. HOWEVER, SELF-REPORT INSTRUMENTS TYPICALLY TAP A DOMAIN OF BEHAVIOR OUTSIDE THE DOMAIN OF OFFICIAL DATA. WHEN THE DOMAIN LIMITATIONS OF SELF-REPORTS ARE RECOGNIZED (AND OTHER ILLUSORY TECHNIQUES ABANDONED), THE CONCLUSION OF GENERAL CONSISTENCY BETWEEN SELF-REPORTS AND OFFICIAL CORRELATES FOR SEX, RACE, AND CLASS EMERGES. THIS CONSISTENCY AND OTHER EVIDENCE FROM VICTIMIZATION SURVEYS, STUDIES OF THE RELIABILITY AND VALIDITY OF SELF-REPORTS, AND STUDIES OF BIASES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROCESSING SUGGEST THAT BOTH OFFICIAL DATA AND SELF-REPORTS PROVIDE VALID INDICATORS OF THE DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS OF OFFENDERS, ESPECIALLY WHEN ATTENTION IS GIVEN TO THE DIFFERENT DOMAINS OF BEHAVIOR EFFECTIVELY TAPPED BY EACH METHOD. EXTENSIVE TABULAR DATA AND REFERENCES SUPPORT THE TEXT. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED--MHP)
Index Term(s): Comparative analysis; Crime surveys; Data collections; Data integrity; Research methods; Self reported crimes
Note: PRICE QUOTED IS FOR SINGLE ISSUE EARLIER VERSION OF THIS PAPER WAS READ AT THE 1977 MEETING OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CRIMINOLOGY
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