Using Extant Research on Adults

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 Adults

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Numerous data sets that include crime-related variables have been collected by seasoned university-based researchers. This funded research (by the federal government and/or private foundations) contains a wide variety of data of interest to researchers who study adults who encounter the criminal justice system. Although providing a unique and rich resource for conducting theory-testing and descriptive studies, these data sources often present many challenges. This chapter describes the advantages and disadvantages of using extant research data on adults, suggests techniques to surmount common problems encountered when using these data sets, illustrates the types of data that are commonly available, shows readers how to access and analyze these data, and provides guidance on dissemination and publication based on these types of data. To further enhance the execution of using extant research data, additional reading and an annotated bibliography are provided to readers.

Keywords: extant data; crime data; criminal justice; correctional research

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