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Delinquency in a Birth Cohort in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1945-1963

Resource Type
Dataset : event/transaction data
  • Wolfgang, Marvin E.
  • Figlio, Robert
  • Sellin, Thorsten
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute of Mental Health
Free Keywords
arrest records; biographical data; crime; criminal justice system; delinquent behavior; police response; social attitudes; youths
  • 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.
  • Methods

    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..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Individual Data File
    • DS2: Offense Data File
    • DS3: Codebook for All Parts
    • DS4: SAS Data Definition Statements for Individual Data File
    • DS5: SAS Data Definition Statements for Offense Data File
Temporal Coverage
  • 1945 / 1963
    Time period: 1945--1963
  • Collection date: 1964
Geographic Coverage
  • Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Boys who were born in 1945 and lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from the ages of 10 to 18.
Collection Mode
  • 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.

2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 3 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.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. Funding insitution(s): 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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Alternative Identifiers
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  • Is previous version of
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 10 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Wolfgang, Marvin E.; Figlio, Robert; Sellin, Thorsten (1984): Delinquency in a Birth Cohort in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1945-1963. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.