TIME TRENDS AND AGE TRENDS IN ARRESTS AND SELF‐REPORTED ILLEGAL BEHAVIOR

D. WAYNE OSGOOD, PATRICK M. O'MALLEY, JERALD G. BACHMAN, LLOYD D. JOHNSTON

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Abstract

National estimates of time trends and age trends in self‐reported illegal behavior in the United States are compared with corresponding figures for arrests. The self‐report data are from Monitoring the Future, an annual national survey of high school seniors. The analysis of time trends covers 1975 through 1985 for a sample of over 3,000 respondents per year, studied at a constant age. The analysis of age trends covers ages 17 through 23 for samples of 300 to 1,200 per year. Both self‐report and arrest measures reveal substantial declines in illegal behavior throughout this age span, with the exception of arrests for assault. Both methods also indicate that rates of assault increased from 1975 through 1985, a finding that has not previously been reported. Time trends for other offenses were erratic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)389-418
Number of pages30
JournalCriminology
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1989

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law

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    OSGOOD, D. WAYNE., O'MALLEY, PATRICK. M., BACHMAN, JERALD. G., & JOHNSTON, LLOYD. D. (1989). TIME TRENDS AND AGE TRENDS IN ARRESTS AND SELF‐REPORTED ILLEGAL BEHAVIOR. Criminology, 27(3), 389-418. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1745-9125.1989.tb01039.x