Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to

  • Describe what is needed to create a good statistic (gather good data)
  • Explain the difference between quantitative and qualitative data
  • Explain the correlates of delinquency
  • Explain the strengths and weaknesses of each data source
  • Explain the trends in delinquency (violence, property, and drug crimes)
  • Compare and contrast the type of data used in our understanding of the correlates and trends in delinquency