The concordance between self-reported juvenile crime and police suspects

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The concordance between self-reported juvenile crime and police suspects

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In this study the extent is investigated to which self-reports of delinquent behavior measured by the Youth Delinquency Survey (MZJ) are complementary to juvenile crime measured with police records. At first the representativeness of the MZJ concerning the presence of 12- to 17-year olds in police records is examined. Secondly, more insight into the similarities and differences between self-reported offenders and police suspects is gained. Self-reports focus on less serious offences, while mainly serious offences are recorded in police records. The general idea is that using both self-reports and police records will offer a more complete picture of juvenile crime.
In this study the 2010 measurements of the MZJ are used. The MZJ is a nationally representative sample of young people aged 10 to 17 years.
See also the link to part I of this research at: More information.

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Weijters, G., Laan, A.M. van der, Kessels, R.J. (ass.)
Place of publication:
The Hague
Year of publication:
Cahiers 2016-03

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