On the Potential Implications of Reports of Fictitious Drug Use for Survey Research on Juvenile Delinquency

dc.contributor.authorMeldrum, Ryan Charlesen_US
dc.contributor.authorPiquero, Alex R.en_US
dc.contributor.utdAuthorPiquero, Alex R.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-03-31T19:55:08Z
dc.date.available2017-03-31T19:55:08Z
dc.date.created2015-08-01en_US
dc.date.issued2015-08-01en_US
dc.description.abstractA variety of methodological issues have been raised over self-reports of delinquency and its correlates. In this study, we call attention to the provision of untruthful information and provide an investigation of this issue using a survey item that assesses a respondent's use of a fictitious drug in relation to reports of delinquency and traditional criminological correlates. Bivariate and multivariate analyses were conducted based on data drawn from a probability sample of middle and high school students in Florida. Results show (a) there are important differences on key criminological variables between respondents who report use of a fictitious drug and those who do not; (b) the internal consistency of a variety index of delinquency is particularly sensitive to the inclusion of respondents reporting the use of a fictitious drug; and (c) the effect size of some criminological variables on delinquency may be sensitive to controlling for reports of fictitious drug use. Overall, the inclusion of fictitious drug use items within etiological models may serve as a useful approach to further establishing the reliability and validity of information provided by survey respondents.; © The Author(s) 2014.en_US
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationMeldrum, Ryan Charles, and Alex R. Piquero. 2015. "On the Potential Implications of Reports of Fictitious Drug Use for Survey Research on Juvenile Delinquency." International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology 59(9), doi: 10.1177/0306624X14522600en_US
dc.identifier.issn1552-6933en_US
dc.identifier.issue9en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10735.1/5351en_US
dc.identifier.volume59en_US
dc.publisherSage Publishersen_US
dc.relation.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0306624X14522600
dc.rightsLabeled "Full Access" on the publisher's websiteen_US
dc.rights©2015 The Authorsen_US
dc.source.journalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminologyen_US
dc.subjectJuvenile delinquencyen_US
dc.subjectDrug abuse surveys--Floridaen_US
dc.subjectYouth—Drug useen_US
dc.subjectExaminations—Validityen_US
dc.subjectCriminologyen_US
dc.titleOn the Potential Implications of Reports of Fictitious Drug Use for Survey Research on Juvenile Delinquencyen_US
dc.type.genrearticleen_US

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