The Add Health Data in Criminology


Landeis, Marissa; Boman IV, John H.; & Mowen, Thomas J. (2021). The Add Health Data in Criminology. In The Encyclopedia of Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice. (pp. 1-7).


The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health is a large, nationally representative, longitudinal, panel data set that has produced important contributions regarding our knowledge on the causes and correlates of crime. Add Health has numerous strengths that make it suitable for researchers in the field of criminology. In particular, parental incarceration is associated with higher amounts of offspring economic disadvantage, poorer health, higher levels of criminality, and higher drug use. The research that investigates race and ethnic differences in the role of parental incarceration is reflective of a larger set of studies that analyze the relationships between race, ethnicity, and country of origin, skin color, and criminal justice contact using the add health data. Research on social networks in add health has been quite beneficial to those who study crime. The add health data have produced a large number of studies that have been beneficial to the understanding of crime and deviance.


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The Encyclopedia of Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice


Landeis, Marissa
Boman IV, John H.
Mowen, Thomas J.

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