Female Delinquents: The Effect Of Offenses

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Ben Byttner
Prof. Skotnicki
CRJ 303
11/14/17
Research Methodology In the article “Female Delinquents: the Effect of Offense Characteristics on adult Criminal Careers in the 1958 Philadelphia Birth Cohort” by Danielle Marie Carkin and Paul E. Tracy, the hypothesis appears to be that the more times someone commits an offense, then the more likely it will be for them to offend in the future. Though the study is supposed to regard female delinquency and offense characteristics, it would appear to focus more heavily on the offense rather than how they offended. For example, instead of stating what the offenders are being arrested for, the data focuses on how many times they have been arrested and what their race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status
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For this research article, the two most focused on dependent variables were a count of the number of adult arrests, and a measure of adult crime paths. The adult crime paths were listed and explained for the reader as Non-offenders who have never been arrested, Limited where offenders have very little experience with only one or two delinquent acts, Frequent offenders who commit three or four offenses, and Chronic who commit five or more offenses and are likely to keep offending, The independent variable in this article was generally race and ethnicity of the offender, as according to the authors had little sway over which way the experiment went. The article “Female Delinquents: the Effect of Offense Characteristics on adult Criminal Careers in the 1958 Philadelphia Birth Cohort” by Danielle Marie Carkin and Paul E. Tracy, was mostly written utilizing the data of other researchers. Majority of the data and information used for research in this article came from various cross-sectional studies birth cohort studies and delinquency studies. The information is cited throughout the article where necessary, and all information is broken up…show more content…
Tracy, was informative and a well organized piece of research. The authors appear to have kept their research ethical, as they kept names any of the individuals included in their study confidential, aside from the authors of the research they cited throughout their own research. The article also seems to have answered it 's hypothesis of proving that the more times someone commits an offense, the more likely they will be to continue committing
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