Survey on Drug Use and Health

Survey on Drug Use and Health

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Appendix B




UCR and Self-Report Data


Complete the matrix below. To complete this matrix, list two pros and two cons of Uniform Crime Report (UCR) data and two pros and two cons of self-report data.


Statistical Information |Pros |Cons | |Official Information: Uniform Crime Report (UCR) | The trends and patterns are dependable. The numbers of youth who commit crimes are not very accurate, but because these trends are dependable, we can see the youth crime has declined significantly.








  |Less tan half of the victims report crimes to the police. Police departments might make errors in recording crime data. Records are only of those who were caught, and the ones that didn't, are not counted with the crime statistics | |Unofficial Information: Self-Report Data | This information includes all sections of the population. These surveys include more about the individual such as personality characteristics, behavior, and about their homes.









  |Teenagers can lie about themselves in these surveys. Different races such as Hispanics are less likely to report their use of drugs. This results in inaccurate crime reports | |

Web Resources

Identify one Web resource of official information and one Web resource of unofficial information about the occurrence of delinquency in the United States. Copy and paste the URL addresses into the spaces provided.

Official Information

URL of Web site:                                                                                       

Name of Web site:   Utah Department of Public Safety, Crime Statistics for the state of Utah                                                                                         

Unofficial Information

URL of Web site:

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