Correlates of Desistance

Author(s)
Jason Ford, University of Central Florida
Learning Goals

Skill:_x000D_
Using software to access and analyze census data_x000D_
Identifying independent and dependent variables_x000D_
Learning how to construct, read, and interpret bivariate tables displaying frequencies and percentages_x000D_
Creating visual tools representing quantitative data in the form of charts or graphs_x000D_
Identifying population trends over time_x000D_
Using real world data to enhance and support key course concepts_x000D_
Substance:_x000D_
The goals of this data analysis exercise are to examine changes in marriage and employment over the last fifty years._x000D_
The purposes are to identify the changes that have taken place, and to hypothesize how these changes may affect the process of desistance from crime today.

Context for Use

This activity is used in a Criminology class for undergraduate students. This activity looks as trends in marital status and occupation over time in the United States.

Description and Teaching Materials

Exercises: PDF:http://ssdan.net/sites/default/files/correlatesofdesistance_updated.pdf_x000D_
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Worksheet: DOC:_x000D_
http://ssdan.net/sites/default/files/worksheet_doc.doc

Assessment

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Research has shown that marital status and employment are correlates of desistance. That is, adolescents involved with crime were more likely to discontinue offending in adulthood if they were married and had a good job. Most of what criminologists know about the process of desistance from crime is based on a sample of adult males in the 1950's. There is no question that life in America has changed drastically in the past fifty years. Given the importance of examining historical change inherent in the life course perspective, it is important to determine how changes in the social structure over time impact individuals. Therefore, the goals of this data analysis exercise are to examine changes in marriage and employment over the last fifty years. The purposes are to identify the changes that have taken place, and to hypothesize how these changes may affect the process of desistance from crime today.
Teaching Notes and Tips

This activity uses two customized data sets made from combining census information from 1950-2000. It guides students through data manipulation using WebCHIP software found at DataCounts!. To open WebCHIP with the dataset for the activity, please see instructions and links in the exercise documents under teaching materials. For more information on how to use WebCHIP, see the How To section on DataCounts!

References and Resources

Original Archive Module:http://www.ssdan.net/datacounts/modules/index/ford_desist_index.shtml