The Concordance of Self-Reported and Officially Recorded Criminal Onset: Results From a Sample of Australian Prisoners

Jason L. Payne, Alex R. Piquero

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This study examines the concordance of self-reported and officially recorded criminal onset among a sample of prisoners in Queensland, Australia. Classified into one of four developmental stages, Gwet’s Agreement Coefficient 1 (AC1) is used to examine the concordance of these two popular data sources. Analysis is conducted across seven offense types, and comparisons are made between Indigenous and non-Indigenous offenders. Results indicate moderate agreement between self-reports and official records with greater concordance for violent and serious property offenses. With few exceptions, self-reported onset precedes officially recorded onset, and concordance was greater for Indigenous offenders. These findings have important methodological implications for criminological research, in particular, developmental and life-course theory, which emphasizes the theoretical importance of the timing and sequencing of criminal events.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)448-471
Number of pages24
JournalCrime & Delinquency
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • concordance
  • official records
  • onset
  • race
  • self-report
  • validity

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