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Study Report

Study Number: SJ-010-001-2-1-United States-ICPSR-1945

Subject Area: Anomic Behavior

Bibliographic Citation: Delinquency in a birth cohort in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1945-1963.  [machine-readable data file] / Wolfgang, Marvin E.  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 7729

Date Accessioned: 3/27/1996

Number of Files Received: 2

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Date Ordered: 3/27/1996

Documentation: 1volume hard copy, machine-readable, and SAS statement file.

Abstract: 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.

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

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

NOTE: 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.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 2 data files + machine-readable documentation (text) + SAS data definition statements + SPSS data definition statements.

DATA TYPE: event/transaction data

DATA FORMAT: LRECL with SAS and SPSS data definition statements

TIME PERIOD: 1945-1963


FUNDING AGENCY: National Institute of Mental Health.

GRANT NUMBER: 1-R11-01252-01 NIMH

SUBJECT TERMS: biographical data. court records. crime. criminal justice system. juvenile delinquency. police activity. social attitudes and behavior. youth. Pennsylvania-Philadelphia.



Wolfgang, Marvin E., Robert Figlio, and Thorsten Sellin. DELINQUENCY IN A BIRTH COHORT. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1972.

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