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

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Marvin E. Wolfgang; Robert M. Figlio; Paul E. Tracy; Simon I. Singer

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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.

Wolfgang, Marvin E., Figlio, Robert M., Tracy, Paul E., and Singer, Simon I. National Crime Surveys:  Index of Crime Severity, 1977. [distributor], 2006-01-18.

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

1977-07 -- 1977-12
1977-07 -- 1977-12
  1. This data collection was conducted as a supplement to the National Crime Survey: National Sample over a six-month period beginning in July, 1977.


A stratified random sample of households in the United States.

All households in the United States.

personal interviews



2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • 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?.

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.



  • 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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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.