National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program

SASTLRWD: SA PainCost: Social Rewards of Crime - Stealing

Social rewards of crime - stealing; Mean of 5 items.

MEASURE: Indices of Personal and Social Costs and Rewards

The Indices of Personal and Social Costs and Rewards were adapted for this study 
to measure the adolescent's perceived likelihood of detection and punishment for
any of several types of offenses (Nagin and Paternoster, 1994). The 78-item measure
is compromised of five dimensions: Certainty of Punishment {Others and You (e.g.,
"How likely is it that kids in your neighborhood would be caught and arrested for
fighting?")}, Social Costs of Punishment (e.g., "If the police catch me doing 
something that breaks the law, how likely is it that I would be suspended from 
school?"), Personal Costs of Punishment {Variety and Weight (e.g., "Has your court
sentence kept you from hanging out with your friends as much as you used to?")},
Social Rewards of Crime {Stealing, Fighting and Robbery (e.g., "If I take things,
other people my age will respect me more.")}, and Personal Rewards of Crime (e.g.,
"How much 'thrill' or 'rush' is it to break into a store or home?"). 

(1) Strongly disagree
(2) Somewhat disagree
(3) Somewhat agree
(4) Strongly agree

Consult the Pathways Study codebook for more information (
1.0 Strongly disagree 22216.4%
1.2 - 211.6%
1.4 - 272.0%
1.6 - 241.8%
1.8 - 352.6%
2.0 Somewhat disagree 54540.3%
2.2 - 13610.0%
2.4 - 503.7%
2.6 - 332.4%
2.8 - 191.4%
3.0 Somewhat agree 90.7%
3.2 - 50.4%
3.4 - 40.3%
4.0 Strongly agree 20.1%
Missing Data
-202.0 IntCompStat = 2 partial interview, data missing 20.1%
-201.0 IntCompStat = 4 missed interview 22016.2%
Total 1,354 100%

Based upon 1,132 valid cases out of 1,354 total cases.

Location: 1422-1428 (width: 7; decimal: 2)

Variable Type: numeric

(Range of) Missing Values: -600.0 , -300.0 , -202.0 , -201.0 , -9.0 , -8.0


Source: This variable was taken from: Research on Pathways to Desistance [Maricopa County, AZ and Philadelphia County, PA]: Subject Measures, 2000-2010.

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Disclaimer: The frequencies for this variable may not be weighted. They are purely descriptive and may not be representative of the study population. Please use with caution and consult the study documentation.