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Discrepancies Between Police and Self-Report Data for Dutch Racial Minorities

NCJ Number
British Journal of Criminology Volume: 29 Issue: 3 Dated: (Summer 1989) Pages: 273-284
M Junger
Date Published
11 pages
This report discusses the validity of self-report data and finds that self-report data are not equally valid among all ethnic groups in The Netherlands.
Boys with official police contacts admit delinquent activities; while youngsters from Morocco and Turkey were much more reticent about admitting delinquent activities than those born in The Netherlands or coming from Surinam. These differences in willingness to admit delinquent behavior are related to social control variables, the number of police contacts, and knowledge of the Dutch language. A problem for etiological research reports that variables which are considered a cause of delinquency are also related to the tendency to admit involvement in criminality. Overall, arrest data probably provide the best information for comparing criminal involvement between ethnic groups. 21 references, 2 tables, and 2 appendix. (Author abstract modified)