Juvenile delinquency

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Delinquency is an inherently difficult concept to measure. Discuss the main challenges with measuring self-reports from delinquents. Include one (1) example of such susceptibility of self-reports from delinquents to support your response.

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School: UCLA

Given the nature of acquiring information from research subjects such as delinquents, truth and reliability  become factors when questioning accurate measurements of reported criminal activities by the youthful population. Comprehension of surveyed questions may be misinterpreted due to limited cognitive developments, thus, questioning reliability. Boosting and/or lying is commonly associated with delinquent offenders, thus, the questioning of truthfulness in responses. The quintessential factor that makes self reporting difficult to measure is obtaining factual, creditable, and accurate responses.

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