Using Extant Research on Juveniles

Michael G. Vaughn, Carrie Pettus-Davis and Jeffrey J. Shook

in Conducting Research in Juvenile and Criminal Justice Settings

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199782857
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949663 | DOI:

Series: Pocket Guides to Social Work Research Methods

Using Extant Research on Juveniles

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Numerous data sets have accrued based on research funded by myriad agencies, federal and nonfederal, and private foundations. In contrast to administrative data, these data sources are commonly designed and collected by university-based scholars. They range in scope from local cross-sectional studies to national surveys and large-scale long-term longitudinal research. As such, these data sets represent a rich resource for tackling a wide variety of research questions on juveniles. This chapter will describe the advantages and disadvantages of using extant research data sources on juveniles, suggest techniques to surmount common problems encountered when using these data sets, illustrate the types of data that are commonly available, show readers how to access and analyze these data, and provide guidance on dissemination and publication based on these types of data. To further enhance the execution of using extant research data an annotated bibliography of available data files and additional readings is presented.

Keywords: extant data; secondary data analysis; juvenile offenders; incarcerated youth, youth

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