Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: SJ-502-003-1-1-Great Britain-ICPSR-1988

Subject Area: Anomic Behavior

Bibliographic Citation: British crime survey, 1988.  [machine-readable data file] / Great Britain. Home Office Research and Planning Unit  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 9850

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Hard copy codebook.

Abstract: This 1988 survey, the third in a series of surveys instituted by the Home Office in 1982, examines levels of victimization in Great Britain and offers attitudinal data on issues relating to crime. The 1988 survey was intended to replicate the 1982 and 1984 surveys (ICPSR 8672 and 8685) as much as possible. However, in 1988 an additional sample of ethnic minority respondents was included. Respondents were asked a series of screening questions to establish whether they had been the victims of crime during the reference period, and another series of detailed questions about the incidents they reported. Basic descriptive background information, such as sex, age, employment, education, and number of children, was also collected on the respondents and their households. Other information was collected on fear of crime, contact with the police, lifestyle, and self-reported offending. Part 1 consists of data captured on the Demographic Questionnaire. Parts 2 and 3 represent data collected via Follow-Up Questionnaire A and Follow-Up Questionnaire B, respectively. Each respondent completed one of the two Follow-Up Questionnaires, with all respondents in the ethnic minority sample completing Follow-Up Questionnaire B. Part 4 consists of data from the Main Questionnaire. Each respondent completed a Main Questionnaire which included a large number of screening questions to identify crime victims, and some attitudinal questions. Part 5 consists of data collected from the Victim Form. Only respondents reporting incidents of victimization on the Main Questionnaire have Victim Forms, with up to four Victim Forms per respondent. The unit of analysis for this collection is the individual.

SOURCE: personal interviews

UNIVERSE: Individuals aged 16 and over living in private households in England and Wales whose addresses appear in the electoral registers.

SAMPLE: Multistage probability sample using electoral registers as the frame.

NOTE: The SAS and SPSS Control Cards provided with this collection are incomplete. SAS Proc Format Statements, SAS Format Statements, and SPSS Value Label Statements are not supplied.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 5 data files + SAS Control Cards + SPSS Control Cards.

DATA TYPE: survey data

DATA FORMAT: LRECL with SAS and SPSS Control Cards


DATE OF COLLECTION: January-April 1988


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