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NCJ Number: 66592 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: EXPLORING THE DRUG USE AND CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR NEXUS - A RESEARCH AGENDA AND SELECTED RESEARCH DESIGNS - FINAL REPORT
Author(s): J R WILLIAMS
Corporate Author: Research Triangle Institute
Ctr for the Study of Social Behavior
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 160
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Research Triangle Institute
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
US Dept of Justice

US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 78-NI-AX-0018
Publication Number: RTI/1601/00-02F
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: AN AGENDA FOR RESEARCH ON THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN DRUG ABUSE AND CRIME PREPARED BY THE RESEARCH TRIANGLE INSTITUTE IS PRESENTED.
Abstract: EARLY STAGES OF THE DESIGN PROJECT INVOLVED REVIEWING LITERATURE, CONVENING A PROJECT ADVISORY BOARD, ARRANGING AVAILABLE MATERIALS ACCORDING TO MAJOR ISSUE AREAS, AND SELECTING THE LIFE CYCLE AND PATTERNS OF DRUG ABUSE AS ISSUE AREAS. THE RESULTING REPORT STRESSES THE NEED TO USE A REPRESENTATIVE POPULATION SAMPLE TO AVOID PAST RESEARCH MISTAKES AND TO PERMIT GENERALIZATION. THE IDEAL RESEARCH DESIGN IS A PROSPECTIVE LONGITUDINAL PANEL DESIGN EMPLOYING A RANDOM SAMPLE, BUT THIS OPTION IS IMPRACTICAL BECAUSE OF THE TIME AND EXPENSE INVOLVED AND BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF DATA FOR PREPARATION OF AN ADEQUATE SURVEY INSTRUMENT. BEFORE SUCH A STUDY CAN BE UNDERTAKEN, A SERIES OF SMALLER STUDIES IS NEEDED TO PROVIDE BASELINE INFORMATION. THE MODEL RESEARCH AGENDA BUILDS ON THREE 1 1/2-YEAR ETHNOCENTRIC STUDIES IN SELECT AREAS OF THE U.S. WHICH WOULD IDENTIFY CRITICAL VARIABLES IN DRUG/CRIME RELATIONSHIPS AND DESCRIBE PROCESSES LEADING TO SUCH RELATIONSHIPS. THEN, A CROSS-SECTIONAL SURVEY IN ONE AREA BASED ON INFORMATION FROM ETHNOCENTRIC EFFORTS AND EMPLOYING SCHOOLS AS THE SAMPLING FRAME WOULD SUPPLY INCIDENCE AND PREVALENCE INFORMATION ABOUT ADOLESCENT DRUG/CRIME PATTERNS. FINALLY, A PANEL STUDY OF A SELECTED GROUP OF ADOLESCENTS FOR 3 YEARS WOULD DETERMINE ONSET BEHAVIOR FOR DRUG USE AND CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES AND WOULD ESTABLISH TEMPORAL SEQUENCING AND DYNAMICS OF THE DRUG/CRIME NEXUS. THE FINDINGS OF THE INTERLOCKING STUDIES COULD BE VERIFIED IN OTHER GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS. COMPLETION OF THE STUDY SERIES WOULD CLARIFY WHETHER A MAJOR PROSPECTIVE LONGITUDINAL EFFORT IS WARRANTED. FIGURES, TABLES, NOTES AND APPENDIXES CONTAINING DISCUSSIONS OF RESEARCH ISSUES, HYPOTHESES, AND PERTINENT DATA SETS ARE PROVIDED. --IN ENGLISH.
Index Term(s): Drug abuse causes; Drug offenders; Drug Related Crime; Juvenile drug use; Longitudinal studies; Research design; Research methods
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