Autobiographical Accounts of Property Offenses by Youths at UCLA, 1983-1984 (ICPSR 8950)

Published: Feb 16, 1992

Principal Investigator(s):
Jack Katz

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These data examine the attraction of shoplifting and vandalism to nonprofessional offenders. The data consists of actual autobiographical accounts of offenses committed by undergraduates enrolled in three sections of undergraduate criminology classes at the University of California, Los Angeles. Verbatim answers of the respondents are presented.

Katz, Jack. Autobiographical Accounts of Property Offenses by Youths at UCLA, 1983-1984. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992-02-16.

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1983 -- 1984

1983 -- 1984

This dataset is a machine-readable text file. For reasons of confidentiality names have been blanked from the data and replaced with spaces. Profanity has also been blanked and replaced with spaces. The number of records per case in this file varies from nine to 70 depending on the length of statement given by each respondent.

The sample consisted of 250 students in three offerings of an undergraduate criminology class.

Undergraduate university students in the United States.

voluntary self reports





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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.