Date of Award

12-1-1987

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Atlanta University (AU)

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Criminal Justice Administration

First Advisor

Dr. K.S. Murty

Abstract

This thesis measured the effects of four economic independent variables (hunger, homelessness, poverty, and unemployment) on crime index reported to the police in twenty-five selected American cities. The eight dependent variables that were used in this study are murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, motor vehi cle theft, and arson.

Pearson Correlation and Multiple Regression analyses were used to test four hypotheses. Both of these analyses were found not to be significantly related to the overall crime index rates. However, they were found to be signifi cantly related to individual index crime category rates.

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