Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Atlanta University (AU)


School of Arts and Sciences

Degree Name



Criminal Justice Administration

First Advisor

Dr. Komanduri S. Murty


This thesis examines the relationship of drug abuse violations of three variables: age, time period, and cohort over a 20-year period. By utilizing drug abuse violation statistics from the Uniform Crime Reports, this study tests Richard Easterlin’s cohort hypothesis. Easterlin’s hypothesis suggests that crime rates will fluctuate according to the relative size of age cohorts. That is, large cohorts will generate higher arrest rates than small cohorts. This hypothesis was tested as it applied to arrest rates for drug abuse violations. The findings disclosed that both age and cohort, but not period, had a significant relationship to arrest rates for drug abuse violations. The variable age had a more significant relationship to arrest ates for drug abuse violations than did cohort. Therefore, Easterlin’s hypothesis is not confirmed.

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