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NCJ Number: 98882 Find in a Library
Title: Family as a Criminal Group (From Crime and the Family, P 153-163, 1985, by Alan J Lincoln and Murray A Straus - See NCJ-98873)
Author(s): M A Straus; A J Lincoln
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Charles C. Thomas
Springfield, IL 62704
Sale Source: Charles C. Thomas
2600 South First Street
Springfield, IL 62704
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A self-report questionnaire survey of 437 college students in the northeastern United States revealed that in over half the families, 2 or more family members committed a crime together during the previous year.
Abstract: The respondents represented 97 percent of the 450 students who had received the questionnaire which included a list of 18 criminal acts. A total of 96 percent of the students reported committing 1 or more of the 18 crimes, and over one-third had engaged in 1 or more of the 5 more serious crimes: breaking into a building, stealing and selling property, stealing money using force, stealing something worth more than $50, and forcing someone to perform sexual acts. The crimes most often done as a member of a family group included vandalism (5 percent), obscene phone calls (3 percent), theft of less than $50 (6 percent), and forgery (6 percent). During the year they were high school seniors, about 6 percent of the students had committed a serious crime in collaboration with another family member. Assault was the most common serious crime by a family group. Siblings of the opposite sex and parents were involved in crimes with the sample members about as often as siblings of the same sex. Males in the sample had higher assault rates than females, but the sexes showed no important differences with respect to the other crimes. Family crime was not linked to socioeconomic status, although the families with low socioeconomic status were the only ones in which male criminality was greater than female criminality. Three tables, a footnote, and nine references are included.
Index Term(s): Family offenses; Group behavior; Self reported crimes
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