Measuring Juvenile Delinquency: Methods & Trends


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Imagine you're a juvenile crime analyst, and you're tasked with producing a report on annual crime trends with suggestions on how to best utilize law enforcement resources to reduce juvenile crime. Which instrument would you utilize?

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1. Imagine you're a juvenile crime analyst considering juvenile victimization. In order to provide the best report on the most detailed types of victimization of juveniles, which is the best instrument to use?

2. Imagine you're a juvenile crime analyst and you're tasked with providing a window into the level of unreported and unknown juvenile crimes. You need to obtain data not normally processed through law enforcement, with direct accounts from offending juveniles on all types of crimes. You would rely upon which measuring instrument?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and its attached worksheet helps you make sure you know how to locate information on juvenile delinquency. Find out if you know what reports and instruments are most useful when studying this type of activity.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this set of questions you'll assess your understanding of:

  • Resources you can use to reduce juvenile crime
  • Using statistical data to predict crime trends and offenses
  • The report that focuses on statistics of juvenile victimization

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson, such as what reports and data would be most useful when looking for ways to reduce the occurrence of juvenile crimes
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about potential juvenile offenders based on statistical information in a different light
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the major reports and instruments available to crime analysts on juvenile delinquency

Additional Learning

You can find out more about this type of crime by reviewing the lesson titled Measuring Juvenile Delinquency: Methods & Trends. It helps you understand:

  • Common sources of information regarding juvenile delinquency
  • Government agencies that collect information on crime and juvenile delinquency
  • Strengths and weaknesses of different reports