Standardizing the Display of IBR Data: Injury Variables
Data Collection and Quality Issues Associated with Injury Variables
Injuries at a Glance
According to the FBI Data Collection Guidelines, the injury variable describes the type(s) of bodily injury suffered by an individual who was the victim of one or more of the following offenses:
When one of these offenses occurs, up to five entries can be made for each victim. There are 8 allowable entries:
Data Quality Issues
Injury data can be used to determine whether weapon type is correctly coded. When an injury occurs, there should be a weapon involved. When a table is produced that compares these injuries with the weapon type, however, we can see that this isn't always the case.
As we can see from the table, 238,976 injuries were reported, yet for 20,318 of them, the reported weapon type is None.
Download the SPSS syntax for this data quality check.