National crime surveys [electronic resource] : index of crime severity, 1977.

Data file
Ann Arbor, Mich. : Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], [198-?].
Extent of collection: 2 data files + machine-readable documentation (PDF).


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Summary note
The purpose of this data collection was to determine the seriousness of criminal events. The principal investigators sought to determine and rate the relative seriousness of murder, rape, and petty theft. Information in the collection includes respondents' opinions on the severity of particular crimes as well as how that severity compared to other crimes.
  • Codebook available in print and electronic format.
  • Title from title screen (viewed on July 25, 2008).
Type of data
Extent of collection: 2 data files + machine-readable documentation (PDF).
Time and place of event
  • Date(s) of collection: July 1977-December 1977.
  • Time period: July 1977-December 1977.
Geographic coverage
Geographic coverage: United States.
Funding information
  • Funding agency: United States Department of Justice. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
  • Grant number: J-LEAA-120-79.
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Methodology note
  • Data source: personal interviews.
  • Sample: a stratified random sample of households in the United States.
  • Universe: all households in the United States.
Part 1: 1977 Collection Quarter 3; Part 2: 1977 Collection Quarter 4.
Cite as
Wolfgang, Marvin E., Robert M. Figlio, Paul E. Tracy, and Simon I. Singer. NATIONAL CRIME SURVEYS: INDEX OF CRIME SEVERITY, 1977 [Computer file]. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania, Center for Studies in Criminology and Criminal Law [producer], 1978. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 198?.
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