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Research on Minorities, [1981]: Race and Crime in Atlanta and Washington, DC

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Debro, Julius
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice
Free Keywords
African Americans; crime; fear of crime; police community relations; race; reactions to crime; socioeconomic status; violent crime
  • Abstract

    This data collection effort is an investigation of criminological and sociological factors within the Black community with a focus on the alleged high incidence of violent crime committed by Blacks. Four communities within Atlanta, Georgia, and four within Washington, DC, were selected for the study. Two communities in each area were designated high-crime areas, the other two low-crime areas. Variables include the respondents' opinions on the relationship of race and socioeconomic class to crime, their fear of crime and experiences with crime, and contacts and attitudes toward the police. Demographic data include respondents' gender and religion.
  • 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


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1981
  • Collection date: 1981
Geographic Coverage
  • Atlanta
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Communities in Atlanta, Georgia, and Washington, DC.
Four communities were nonrandomly selected in Atlanta, Georgia, and Washington, DC.
Collection Mode
  • The codebook and data collection instrument are provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.

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.1998-04-28 The data have been restructured to one record per case, and SAS and SPSS data definition statements have been prepared. Also, the codebook and data collection instrument are now available as a PDF file. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 8459 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08459.v1
  • Vogel, Brenda L., Meeker, James W.. Perceptions of crime seriousness in eight African-American communities: The influence of individual, environmental and crime-based factors. Justice Quarterly.18, (2), 301-321.2001.
    • ID: 10.1080/07418820100094911 (DOI)
  • Vogel, Brenda L.. Perceptions of crime seriousness in the african american community: exploring the presence of consensus. Journal of Criminal Justice.26, (3), 227-236.1998.
    • ID: 10.1016/S0047-2352(97)00083-4 (DOI)
  • Parker, Keith D., Onyekwuluje, Anne B., Murty, Komanduri S.. African Americans' Attitudes Toward the Local Police: Multivariate Analysis. Journal of Black Studies.25, (3), 396-409.1995.
    • ID: 10.1177/002193479502500308 (DOI)
  • Headley, B., Brown Keiser, J., Spence, C., Anderson, E.. Research on Minorities: Toward a Relationship Between Race and Crime, Final Report, Volumes I and II. NCJ 138088, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice. .

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

Debro, Julius (1985): Research on Minorities, [1981]: Race and Crime in Atlanta and Washington, DC. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.