National Crime Surveys Longitudinal File, 1988-1989: [Selected Variables] (ICPSR 6063)

Principal Investigator(s): Lohr, Sharon L.; Conaway, Mark R.


This longitudinal file for the National Crime Surveys (NCS) contains selected variables related to whether a crime was reported to the police for households that responded to the NCS on three consecutive interviews between July 1988 and December 1989 and had experienced at least one criminal victimization during that time period. Variable names, for the most part, are identical to those used in the hierarchical files currently available for the National Crime Surveys (see NATIONAL CRIME SURVEYS: NATIONAL SAMPLE, 1986-1991 [NEAR-TERM DATA] [ICPSR 8864]). Three new variables were created, and one existing variable was altered. The TIME variable describes whether the interview was the first, second, or third for the household in the period between July 1988 and December 1989. V4410 was recoded to give the most important reason the crime was not reported to the police for all households that responded to questions V4390-V4410. RELNOFF was created from variables V4209-V4267 to reflect the closest relation any offender had to the victim, and INJURE was created from variables V4100-V4107 to indicate minor injury, serious injury, or none at all. The file is sorted by households.

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Study Description


Lohr, Sharon L., and Mark R. Conaway. NATIONAL CRIME SURVEYS LONGITUDINAL FILE, 1988-1989: [SELECTED VARIABLES]. Tempe, AZ: Sharon L. Lohr, Arizona State University [producer], 1993. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1993.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    crime reporting, households, offenders, police records, victimization, victims

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1988-07--1989-12

Date of Collection:   

  • 1988-07--1989-12

Universe:    The universe for the NCS is all persons aged 12 and older living in households and group quarters in the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    For the NCS, a stratified multistage cluster sampling design was employed. For this longitudinal file, households participating in three NCS interviews and having at least one victimization during the time period July 1988-December 1989 were selected.

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Original ICPSR Release:   1993-10-11

Version History:

  • 2006-03-30 File CB6063.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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