Sample - 411
age - 8-9 yr olds
DATA - Criminal Records
Self Report / Interviews
STUDYING - what risk factors induce crime later in life?
What factors increase the chance of committing crime ?
Particular interest if family life has an input on the influence of crime?
Does upbringing have a negative influence to increase crime rate?
USEFUL ? - find out RISK FACTORS ... Can these be PREVENTED?
CONTEXT - 1953/4 - TIME PERIOD- 48 years on.
East London base (cannot be argued this is rough area with high crime rate anyway?)
411 > 394 participants left after 48 years on !
161/404 = criminal convicts
93% admitted in Self Reports that they had committed a crime in life.
RISK FACTORS :
DISRUPTED FAMILY - unstable upbringing
ALCOHOL / SUBSTANCE ABUSE - no clear mind
PARENTAL INSTABILITY - no positive, consistent role model
LARGE FAMILY - attention seeking
POVERTY - poor / little education
ALL = HIGHER CHANCE OF CRIMINAL BEHAVIOUR
PRO'S & CON'S
STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES OF THIS STUDY
Longitudinal = vast amount of data which can be corresponded with each other
QUALITATIVE + QUANTITATIVE DATA -
Not taking into consideration social factors and influence of others
East London - area of high crime rate = more likely to be antisocial than most areas of England