Methodological Issues with Self-Reported Crime and Delinquency: An Analysis from a Canadian Study of the Transition from School to Work
The self-reported delinquency/crime methodology discussed in this paper is only one part of a much larger longitudinal panel study that examines the transition from school to work and, more specifically, the causes and consequences of youth employment, underemployment and unemployment. Self-report delinquency/crime measures were included in the study since we were interested in the possible effects of various labor market variables, including under- and unemployment, on criminal behavior. However, the overall focus of the project placed limitations on the extent to which delinquency/crime measures could be included in the data collection instruments. Thus the present paper should be read as a commentary on self-reported delinquency/crime methodology carried out as part of a broader research project rather than as a study of delinquency/crime per se.
KeywordsCriminal Justice System High School Graduate Illegal Drug Illegal Activity Illegal Behavior
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