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Youths and Deterrence: Columbia, South Carolina, 1979-1981

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Dataset : survey data
  • Paternoster, Raymond
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice
Free Keywords
career goals; crime; crime prevention; education; high school students; juvenile delinquency; secondary education; students; youths
  • Abstract

    This is an investigation of a cohort of high school-aged youth in Columbia, South Carolina. Surveys were conducted in three consecutive years from 1979 to 1981 in nine high schools. Students were interviewed for the first time at the beginning of their sophomore year in high school. An identical questionnaire was given to the same students when they were in the 11th and 12th grades. The longitudinal data contain respondents' demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, educational aspirations, occupational aims, and peer group activities. Also included is information on offenses committed, the number of times respondents were caught by the police, their attitudes toward deviancy, and perceived certainty of punishment.
  • 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: Standardized missing values.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1979 / 1981
    Time period: 1979--1981
  • 1979 / 1981
    Collection date: 1979--1981
Geographic Coverage
  • Columbia (South Carolina)
  • South Carolina
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Youth from nine high schools in Columbia, South Carolina.
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.2001-06-05 The data were reformatted to logical record length format, and missing value codes were standardized. SAS and SPSS data definition statements were added to the collection along with a PDF codebook that includes information for all variables as well as the original data collection instrument. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (81-IJ-CX-0023, and 83-IJ-CX-0045).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 8255 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08255.v1
  • Loughran, Thomas, Paternoster, Ray, Piquero, Alex R., Fagan, Jeffrey. 'A Good Man Always Knows His Limitations': Overconfidence in Criminal Offending. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.50, (3), 327-358.2013.
    • ID: 10.1177/0022427812459649 (DOI)
  • Zhang, Yan, Day, George, Cao, Liqun. A partial test of Agnew's general theory of crime and delinquency. Crime and Delinquency.58, (6), 856-878.2012.
    • ID: 10.1177/0011128712461738 (DOI)
  • Matthews, Shelley Keith, Agnew, Robert. Extending deterrence theory: Do delinquent peers condition the relationship between perceptions of getting caught and offending?. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.45, (2), 91-118.2008.
    • ID: 10.1177/0022427807313702 (DOI)
  • Carmichael, Stephanie, Langton, Lynn, Pendell, Gretchen, Reitzel, John D., Piquero, Alex R.. Do the experiential and deterrent effect operate differently across gender?. Journal of Criminal Justice.33, (3), 267-276.2005.
    • ID: 10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2005.02.006 (DOI)
  • Lee, Wansoo. Social resources, social networks, and juvenile delinquency: An examination of the strength of ties. Dissertation, State University of New York at Buffalo. 1993.
  • Nagin, Daniel S., Paternoster, Raymond. The Preventive Effects of the Perceived Risk of Arrest: Testing an Expanded Conception of Deterrence. Criminology.29, (4), 561-587.1991.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1745-9125.1991.tb01080.x (DOI)
  • Paternoster, Raymond. Decisions to participate in and desist from four types of common delinquency: Deterrence and the rational choice perspective. Law and Society Review.23, (1), 7-40.1989.
  • Paternoster, Raymond, Triplett, Ruth. Disaggregating self-reported delinquency and its implications for theory. Criminology.26, (4), 591-626.1988.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1745-9125.1988.tb00856.x (DOI)
  • Paternoster, Raymond. The use of composite scales in perceptual deterrence research: A cautionary note. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.23, (2), 128-168.1986.
    • ID: 10.1177/0022427886023002003 (DOI)
  • Paternoster, Raymond, Iovanni, LeeAnn. The Deterrent Effect of Perceived Severity: A Reexamination. NCJ 101714, University of Maryland. .
    • ID: (URL)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 8 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Paternoster, Raymond (1986): Youths and Deterrence: Columbia, South Carolina, 1979-1981. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.