By Malcolm W. Klein (auth.), Malcolm W. Klein (eds.)
Malcolm W. Klein middle for learn on Crime and Social regulate college of Southern California 1. historical past In June of 1988, nearly 40 students and researchers met for 4 days within the Leeuwenborst Congres heart in Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands, to take part in a workshop entitled Self-Report Metho dology in Criminological study. The members represented 15 countries and 30 universities and learn facilities, a variety that used to be matched via the reports and focal pursuits in self-report tools one of the contributors. This quantity is the results of the workshop approach and particularly of the invites to individuals to arrange pre-conference papers for distribution sooner than the workshop. The chapters within the quantity have been chosen from the bigger set of pre convention papers. As workshop conv~ner and quantity editor, it falls on me to set many of the context for this firm. Self-report crime is "admitted" crime, derived from interview and questionnaire responses received from adults and juveniles (regardless of whether they were arrested) pertaining to their very own unlawful behaviors. transforming into understanding of the constraints of authentic crime records has ended in the advance of self-report procedures.
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Although many claim that the definition is based on the research literature, I think it is fair to say that offenses selected are those that frequently appear in the police statistics as juvenile crime, as 3. Research and Documentation Center, DutCh Ministry of Justice. 26 well as those known to be frequently committed by juveniles, such as vandalism or using the public transport system without paying. For purposes of illustration the items used in the national survey are listed in Appendix I. This means that, except for the earlier ones, a number of studies have an overrepresentation of non-serious offenses, that is, offenses that would, if discovered, probably not lead to official intervention.
In the follow-up study conducted two years later, the answers with respect to delinquent behavior and police contacts were compared with those of the first study. 5% of those having reported at time 1 to have committed at least one offense did not report so at time 2; two-thirds of them had reported only one offense, and one-third, two offenses. lhe discrepancy is not too large and these results may simply be due to memory effects, either forgetting certain events or telescoping them (Kalton & Schumann, 1982).
Known Group Comparisons Comparisons between known groups, in order to establish the validity of the self-report method, require that data collection include both official and self-report data. As we have seen, only a small number of Dutch studies have collected data from these two sources. , 1987), and invariably those who admitted to police contacts reported more delinquent behavior than the other juveniles. Veendrick (1976) and Agenent (1984) did collect self-report and official data. However, Veendrick's official data are city-wide police statistics which are not strictly comparable to his sample of the Groningen adult population.
Cross-National Research in Self-Reported Crime and Delinquency by Malcolm W. Klein (auth.), Malcolm W. Klein (eds.)