The Farrington Study
The Farrington Study was a longitudinal self-report study, aimed at documenting the start, duration and end of criminal activity in the lives of families. Data was gathered through interviews at different stages of the lives of participants, through which they disclosed the crimes they had committed (whether or not they had been arrested/charged/detected), as well as searching through criminal records.
411 Boys aged 8-9 (born in ‘53/4) from 397 different families were selected from the registers of 6 State Schools in East London. Most of them were white and working-class.
The last stages of interviews were when these participants were 48. 394 were still alive; 365 agreed to be interviewed.
The findings were:
Crime & Deviance
A2 Unit: G673