Understanding Crime Statistics: Revisiting the Divergence of the NCVS and the UCR

Understanding Crime Statistics: Revisiting the Divergence of the NCVS and the UCR

by James P. Lynch
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521680417

ISBN-13: 9780521680417

Pub. Date: 12/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In Understanding Crime Statistics, Lynch and Addington draw on the work of leading experts on U.S. crime statistics to provide much-needed research on appropriate use of this data. Specifically, the contributors explore the issues surrounding divergence in the Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) and the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), which have been the two major…  See more details below

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In Understanding Crime Statistics, Lynch and Addington draw on the work of leading experts on U.S. crime statistics to provide much-needed research on appropriate use of this data. Specifically, the contributors explore the issues surrounding divergence in the Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) and the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), which have been the two major indicators of the level and of the change in level of crime in the United States for the past 30 years. This book examines recent changes in the UCR and the NCVS and assesses the effect these have had on divergence. By focusing on divergence, the authors encourage readers to think about how these data systems filter the reality of crime. Understanding Crime Statistics builds on this discussion of divergence to explain how the two data systems can be used as they were intended - in complementary rather than competitive ways.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521680417
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Criminology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Contributor Biographies     xi
Introduction
Introduction   James P. Lynch   Lynn A. Addington     3
Overview of the Two National Measures of U.S. Crime
Introduction to the National Crime Victimization Survey   Callie Marie Rennison   Michael Rand     17
Introduction to the Uniform Crime Reporting Program   Cynthia Barnett-Ryan     55
Defining Divergence and Convergence
What Is Convergence, and What Do We Know About It?   David McDowall   Colin Loftin     93
Sources of Divergence in the NCVS
Methodological Change in the NCVS and the Effect on Convergence   Shannan M. Catalano     125
Series Victimizations and Divergence   Mike Planty     156
Exploring Differences in Estimates of Visits to Emergency Rooms for Injuries from Assaults Using the NCVS and NHAMCS   Jacqueline Cohen   James P. Lynch     183
Sources of Divergence in the UCR
Using NIBRS to Study Methodological Sources of Divergence Between the UCR and NCVS   Lynn A. Addington     225
Explaining the Divergence Between UCR and NCVS Aggravated Assault Trends   Richard Rosenfeld     251
Missing UCR Data and Divergence of the NCVS and UCR Trends   Michael D. Maltz     269
Conclusion
Conclusion   James P. Lynch   Lynn A. Addington     297
Index     335

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