An analysis of self-report delinquency data using
four non-metric procedures for structural analysis
revealed support for the existence of a general delinquency
factor. However, offenses of low seriousness
and victimless offenses (drinking and drug-taking
items) were only weakly related to this general
factor. It is concluded that for almost all measures
of self-reported delinquency in the literature,
most of the variance is accounted for by those items
which bear the weakest relationships to the general
delinquency factor. The existence of specific factors
representing "trivial delinquency," "drug use,"
"vehicle theft," and "vandalism" was indicated by
all four procedures.