Panel Effects and the Use of Self-Reported Measures of Delinquency in Longitudinal Studies
Self-report techniques for measuring delinquent and criminal behavior have been developed, almost exclusively, in studies using cross-sectional designs. None of the formative self-report studies, such as those conducted by Short and Nye (1957), Reiss and Rhodes (1961), Clark and Wenninger (1962), or Empey and Erickson (1965) involved longitudinal designs and many early studies that applied self-report methods to substantive topics (e.g., Gold, 1966; Hirschi, 1969) were also cross-sectional. As a result, criminological research has paid relatively little attention to the particular problems that attend the repeated use of a self-report measure in panel studies.
KeywordsDelinquent Behavior Testing Effect Panel Study American Sociological Review Panel Design
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