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NCJ Number: 75390 Find in a Library
Title: National Youth Survey - Self-reported Delinquency Estimates by Sex, Race, Class and Age, 1977 - Project Report Number 8 (Revised)
Author(s): D S Elliot; S S Ageton; D Huizinga
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 29
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare
Washington, DC 20203
US Dept of Justice
Grant Number: MH27552; 78-JN-AX-0003
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Dataset: DATASET 1
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: As part of a longitudinal study of delinquency among a national sample of 1,725 adolescents conducted between 1976 and 1980, this report contains statistics on a wide range of self-reported delinquencies for the 1977 cohort, which was 12 to 18 years old.
Abstract: The 25 self-reported delinquency measures used in this study included all Uniform Crime Report Part I offenses except homicide; 60 percent of all Part II offenses; and a wide range of other offenses, including delinquent lifestyle items, misdemeanors, and status offenses. Respondents were asked in structured interviews how many times during the past year they had committed each offense. Estimates are given for the total adolescent population and for subgroups defined by sex, social class, ethnicity, and age. The social class measure used is the Hollingshead index applied to the principal wage earner in each youth's family in order to divide them into three categories: (1) professionals or managers with college educations (23 percent); (2) owners of small businesses, salespersons, or skilled workers with high school or some college education (29 percent); and (3) persons in semiskilled or unskilled occupations (42 percent). Ethnic classifications were white, black, Hispanic, and others. Within the sample, 53.2 percent were male, 78.9 percent were white, and 15.1 percent were black. Separate statistical tables are presented for males, females, whites, blacks, other ethnic groups, each social class, and individual age groups. The methodology's validity is discussed, and 16 references are provided.
Index Term(s): Juvenile counseling; Juvenile statistics; Longitudinal studies; National crime statistics; Self reported crimes
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