Handbook of Crime Correlates


  • Lee Ellis, Minot State University, ND, USA
  • Lee Ellis, Minot State University, ND, USA
  • Kevin Beaver, Florida State University, Tallahassee, USA
  • John Wright, University of Cincinnati, OH, USA

Over the past two centuries, many aspects of criminal behavior have been investigated. Finding this information and making sense of it all is difficult when many studies would appear to offer contradictory findings. The Handbook of Crime Correlates collects in one source the summary analysis of crime research worldwide. It provides over 400 tables that divide crime research into nine broad categories:

Pervasiveness and intra-offending relationships
Demographic factors
Ecological and macroeconomic factors
Family and peer factors
Institutional factors
Behavioral and personality factors
Cognitive factors
Biological factors
Crime victimization and fear of crime

Within these broad categories, tables identify regions of the world and how separate variables are or are not positively or negatively associated with criminal behavior. Criminal behavior is broken down into separate offending categories of violent crime, property crime, drug offenses, sex offenses, delinquency, general and adult offenses, and recidivism. Accompanying each table is a description of what each table indicates in terms of the positive or negative association of specific variables with specific types of crime by region.

This book should serve as a valuable resource for criminal justice personnel and academics in the social and life sciences interested in criminal behavior.

References and all tabular materials can be found at our website: http://booksite.elsevier.com/Ellis/


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The book should serve as a valuable resource guide for many social and behavioral scientists with interests in criminology as well as by their graduate students. Among the researchers who are likely to have the greatest interest will be criminologists and other criminal justice personnel. Most academic libraries should also find this book important to shelve as a basic reference


Book information

  • Published: April 2009
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-373612-3


"If you teach security management courses, criminal justice, or criminology classes this title will prove a useful and fact-filled book for you. The text doesn’t use statistics to explain away crime, it simply gives readers and researchers who are trying to verify certain factors a place to start. A major benefit to dedicated users of this text is the inclusion of a companion CD. This makes it easier to search, review, and print out the stats and tables."--Security Management

Table of Contents


Chapter 1

Pervasiveness and Intra-Offending Relationships

Chapter 2

Demographic Factors

Chapter 3

Ecological and Macro-Economic Factors

Chapter 4

Family and Peer Factors

Chapter 5

Institutional Factors

Chapter 6

Behavioral and Personality Factors

Chapter 7

Cognitive Factors

Chapter 8

Biological Factors

Chapter 9

Crime Victimization and Fear of Crime

Chapter 10

Grand Summary

References and all tabular materials can be found at our website: http://booksite.elsevier.com/Ellis/