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NCJ Number: 91286 Find in a Library
Title: Patterns of Criminal Behavior in a Birth Cohort
Author(s): L M Collins; N Cliff; R A Cudeck; D J McCormick; J L Zatkin
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 44
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: As an attempt to develop criminal behavior typologies, this paper describes an exploratory empirical approach to identifying patterns in criminal behavior.
Abstract: Two data-reduction techniques, factor analysis and cluster analysis, are applied to the official arrest records of a Danish birth cohort of 28,879 men. Four factors emerged from the factor analysis: general crime, traffic offenses, white-collar crime, and sex offenses. The cluster analysis revealed general crime and traffic offenses clusters. A substantial number of offenses are shown by both analyses to be independent of any pattern. The results show good split-sample cross-validation and for the most part are robust across the two analytic approaches. A total of 24 references and 1 footnote are given. Tabular data are appended. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Cohort studies; Criminal histories
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