National Crime Surveys: Index of Crime Severity, 1977 (ICPSR 8295)

Principal Investigator(s): Wolfgang, Marvin E.; Figlio, Robert M.; Tracy, Paul E.; Singer, Simon I.


The purpose of this data collection was to determine the seriousness of criminal events. The principal investigators sought to determine and rate the relative seriousness of murder, rape, and petty theft. Information in the collection includes respondents' opinions on the severity of particular crimes as well as how that severity compared to other crimes.

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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


Wolfgang, Marvin E., Robert M. Figlio, Paul E. Tracy, and Simon I. Singer. NATIONAL CRIME SURVEYS: INDEX OF CRIME SEVERITY, 1977. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania, Center for Studies in Criminology and Criminal Law [producer], 1978. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 198?.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics (J-LEAA-120-79)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    crime, murder, petty theft, rape

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1977-07--1977-12

Date of Collection:   

  • 1977-07--1977-12

Universe:    All households in the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

This data collection was conducted as a supplement to the National Crime Survey: National Sample over a six-month period beginning in July, 1977.


Sample:    A stratified random sample of households in the United States.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1987-01-12

Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB8295.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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