Individual differences in the concordance of self‐reports and official records

Forrest, Walter, Edwards, Benjamin and Vassallo, Suzanne (2014) Individual differences in the concordance of self‐reports and official records. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, 24 4: 305-315. doi:10.1002/cbm.1933

Author Forrest, Walter
Edwards, Benjamin
Vassallo, Suzanne
Title Individual differences in the concordance of self‐reports and official records
Journal name Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1471-2857
Publication date 2014-10
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/cbm.1933
Open Access Status
Volume 24
Issue 4
Start page 305
End page 315
Total pages 11
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Although self-reported and official measures of criminal behaviour are highly correlated, the concordance between self-reports and official records appears to vary across the population. Few studies, however, have considered the range of individual traits and characteristics that might influence the relative accuracy of self-reports and official records.

Using data collected from the Australian Temperament Project, we investigated the concordance between official records and self-reports together with some of the factors that might influence it.

Those with criminal records were 3.5 times more likely to report police contact than those with no criminal record. However, there were significant sources of individual-level variation in their convergence, and notably honest respondents were less likely to report an interaction with police. Those at risk of crime and delinquency were less likely to consent to official records searches.

Many individual characteristics that predisposed individuals towards a criminal career also affected their willingness to consent to official records searches and the concordance between criminal records and self-reports.
Keyword Criminal behavior
Criminal justice
Information processing
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Created: Mon, 09 Mar 2015, 13:45:26 EST by Walter Forrest on behalf of School of Social Science