Delinquency in a Birth Cohort in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1945-1963 (ICPSR 7729)

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Marvin E. Wolfgang; Robert M. Figlio; Thorsten Sellin

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the history of delinquency in a birth cohort--in particular, the age of onset of delinquent behavior and the progression or cessation of delinquency. Data were collected on a cohort of males born in 1945 and residing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Information provided in the study includes demographic characteristics of the individuals studied, academic performance, offense information, demographic characteristics of victims of offenses, and criminal incident information.

Wolfgang, Marvin E., Figlio, Robert M., and Sellin, Thorsten. Delinquency in a Birth Cohort in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1945-1963. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-01-12.

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United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute of Mental Health (1-R11-01252-01 NIMH)
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1945 -- 1963
  1. In the individual file (Part 1), the sequence id numbers range from 1 to 11,172, then skip to 20,000 and range to 20,131. In the offense file (Part 2), the sequence id numbers range from 1 to 3,534, then skip to 11,111 and range to 11,172. The individual file therefore has 11,303 total sequence id numbers representing 11,303 individuals, of which some are offenders and some are nonoffenders. The sequence id number in the individual file links to the sequence id number in the offense file, where only offenders are documented. There are 3,595 total offenders, but since some offenders have multiple offenses, the total number of offenses is 10,214.


Boys who were born in 1945 and lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from the ages of 10 to 18.

records from public, private, and parochial schools in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and records from the Philadelphia Police Department's Juvenile Aid Division



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, and Thorsten Sellin. Delinquency in a Birth Cohort in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1945-1963. ICPSR07729-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1994.

2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 3 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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.

1984-03-18 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


  • 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.