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NCJ Number: 98033 Find in a Library
Title: Class-Delinquency Hypothesis and Juvenile Justice System Bias
Journal: Sociological Inquiry  Volume:55  Issue:2  Dated:(Spring 1985)  Pages:212-223
Author(s): S E Brown
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 12
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper addresses the issue of the relationship between social class and delinquency to determine if the discrepancy between findings with official versus self-report data can be resolved.
Abstract: Methodological suggestions which numerous researchers have suggested might explicate the discrepancy were incorporated. These include the use of a disproportionate stratified sample to facilitate focus on relatively serious self-reported delinquent behavior, separate analyses of subscales representing different domains of delinquency, and operationalization of social class by multiple indicators, including some consistent with the concept of an underclass. It was found that only offenses against persons consistently correlate negatively with measures of social class. However, analysis of self-reported contacts with police and courts suggests the presence of social class biases in the juvenile justice process and raises questions concerning the appropriateness of using disproportionate stratified samples in this context. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): Comparative analysis; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency research; Police records; Research methods; Self-report studies; Society-crime relationships
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