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This dataset is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), the criminal justice archive within ICPSR. NACJD is primarily sponsored by three agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice: the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Longitudinal Study of Biosocial Factors Related to Crime and Delinquency, 1959-1962: [Pennsylvania] (ICPSR 8928)

Principal Investigator(s): Denno, Deborah W.


This study was designed to measure the effects of family background and developmental characteristics on school achievement and delinquency within a "high risk" sample of Black youths. The study includes variables describing the mother and the child. Mother-related variables assess prenatal health, pregnancy and delivery complications, and socioeconomic status. Child-related variables focus on the child at age 7 and include place in birth order, physical development, family constellation, socioeconomic status, verbal and spatial intelligence, and number of offenses.

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  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


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Study Description


Denno, Deborah W. Longitudinal Study of Biosocial Factors Related to Crime and Delinquency, 1959-1962: [Pennsylvania]. ICPSR08928-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1998.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (81-IJ-CX-0086(S1))

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    academic achievement, African Americans, child development, crime, delinquent behavior, family background, mothers

Geographic Coverage:    Pennsylvania, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1959--1962

Data Type(s):    clinical data, event/transaction data, survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The 200 variables in this data collection were used in a government-funded study. The additional variables shown in the questionnaire were not archived.

Producer: Collaborative Perinatal Project and the University of Pennsylvania, Center for Studies in Criminology and Criminal Law, Philadelphia, PA, 1969.


Sample:    Subjects were selected from a sample of 2,958 Black children whose mothers participated in the Collaborative Perinatal Project at Pennsylvania Hospital between 1959 and 1962.

Data Source:

hospital records, public school records, and police records


Original ICPSR Release:   1988-10-25

Version History:

  • 2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.
  • 1998-12-17 Hard-coded periods in the original data were replaced by nines. This resulted in a longer record length for the data file. Also, SAS and SPSS data definition statements were added to the collection, and the original codebook was converted to a PDF file.

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