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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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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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