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NCJ Number: 98429 Find in a Library
Title: Deterrence and Delinquency - An Analysis of Individual Data
Journal: Journal of Quantitative Criminology  Volume:1  Issue:1  Dated:(March 1985)  Pages:37-58
Author(s): C Montmarquette; M Nerlove
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 22
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Self-reported data on the commission of shoplifting, drug use, and theft were analyzed in relation to the subjects' perceived probabilities of arrest for approximately 3,000 French-speaking teenagers of the Montreal (Canada) school population in 1974.
Abstract: In addition to the effect of the subjects' perceptions of the probability of arrest for the three crimes, age, sex, and previous arrest record were also considered. A multivariate log-linear probability model was estimated to test hypotheses regarding the direction and magnitude of bivariate associations among the variables. Evidence was found of a negative association between subjects' perceptions of the probability of arrest for each crime and the frequency of commission of that crime. The perceptions of the probability of arrest for one type of crime were also found to deter the commission of the other two types, holding constant the direct effects. The appendix contains the self-report questionnaire. Tabular study data are provided, and 44 references are listed. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Canada; Deterrence effectiveness; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile delinquency research; Juvenile drug use; Juvenile shoplifting; Juvenile theft offenses; Self reported crimes
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