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NCJ Number: 65614 Find in a Library
Title: CONSENSUS ON EVALUATIONS OF CRIMINAL AND DELINQUENT ACTS
Author(s): J M GALLIHER
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 182
Sponsoring Agency: UMI Dissertation Services
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
Sale Source: UMI Dissertation Services
300 North Zeeb Road
P.O. Box 1346
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
United States of America
Type: Thesis/Dissertation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS 1979 DOCTORAL DISSERTATION ANALYZES THE EXTENT TO WHICH SELECTED JUVENILE SUBGROUPS IN AMERICAN SOCIETY CONCUR IN THEIR JUDGMENT OF THE SERIOUSNESS OF VARIOUS TYPES OF CRIMINAL AND DELINQUENT BEHAVIOR.
Abstract: THE PRESENT STUDY PROVIDES CONSIDERABLE EVIDENCE IN SUPPORT OF THE EMPIRICAL GENERALIZATION THAT VALUE JUDGMENTS ON CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR ARE NORMATIVELY STRUCTURED BY DIVERSE SUBGROUPS OF JUVENILES IN AMERICAN SOCIETY. QUESTIONNAIRE DATA ON JUDGMENT OF OFFENSE SERIOUSNESS, GATHERED FROM HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS IN FOUR ARIZONA COMMUNITIES, WERE ANALYZED TO DETERMINE THE DEGREE TO WHICH JUVENILES CONCUR IN THEIR NORMATIVE BELIEFS ABOUT CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR. THE RESULTS INDICATED IS A WIDELY SHARED SOCIAL AGREEMENT AMONG INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF DIVERSE JUVENILE SUBGROUPS. ALTHOUGH NO DIRECT COMPARISON BETWEEN JUVENILES AND ADULTS WAS MADE, THE RANKINGS OF OFFENSES GIVEN BY JUVENILES HERE ARE QUITE SIMILAR TO THOSE REPORTED FOR ADULTS IN OTHER STUDIES. THIS IS MORE TRUE FOR THE TRADITIONAL CRIMES AGAINST PERSONS AND PROPERTY THAN FOR MORE CONTROVERSIAL VICTIMLESS OFFENSES (E.G., SEX AND DRUG OFFENSES). MATHEMATICAL AND STATISTICAL MODELS AND TABLES ARE PROVIDED WITH SUPPLEMENTARY TABLES CONTAINED IN AN APPENDIX. AN EXTENSIVE LIST OF BIBLIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES IS ALSO APPENDED. (LGR)
Index Term(s): Arizona; Crime seriousness measures; Juveniles; Offense classification; Surveys
Note: SPECIAL PRICES FOR ACADEMICS INSTITUTIONS UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA - DOCTORAL DISSERTATION
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