Delinquency Index - NSLY 97

The first round of the NLSY 97 was implemented in 1997 with a nationally representative sample of approximately 9,000 youth between 12 and 16 years old. The Delinquency Index consists of 10 self-report items, each representing a delinquent act. Higher scores indicate that the youth has been involved in more delinquent acts.

Tool

Administration Method
Number of Questions
10
Creator(s) of Tool
Child Trends, Inc. (1999). NLSY97 codebook supplement main file round 1: appendix 9. Family process and adolescent outcome measures. Washington, DC: US Department of Labor.
http://www.nlsinfo.org/preview.php?filename=appendix9.pdf
Scoring / Benchmarking
Response Scale:

No = 0
Yes = 1

The Delinquency Index is scored by adding up the “Yes” responses. Higher scores indicate greater incidents of delinquency.

The NLSY 97 reported the following frequencies for scores among a nationally representative sample of youth 12 to 16 years old:

0 = 46.8%
1 = 21.0%
2 = 12.9%
3 = 7.6%
4 = 4.5%
5 = 2.8%
6 = 1.7%
7 = 1.1%
8 = 0.8%
9 = 0.6%
10 = 0.2%
Background / Quality
Target population: This measure has been tested with a nationally representative sample of youth 12-16 years old.
Validity:
Predictive validity: Scores on the delinquency index were correlated with behavior problems.

Reliability: *N/A

Bias: *N/A

Languages: English

Other versions: *N/A
Is there a cost associated with this tool?
No
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