Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Paul C. Friday

Second Advisor

Dr. Lewis Walker

Third Advisor

Dr. Ronald Kramer

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This study identifies some major factors related to robbery, categorizes them, and attempts to assess their interrelatedness. The major purpose of the study is to explore how these factors can be studied more effectively in an attempt to explain the crime. Data on randomly selected convicted robbery cases in the Kalamazoo County during 1979-1983 were compiled and analyzed.

The study shows that factors related to robbery fall into four categories. These are: (a) social factors, (b) Individual offender characteristics, (c) situational factors, and (d) push factors (or motivational factors). The results of the analyses showed that these factors are closely Interrelated. It was determined in the study that there is a need to develop a multidimensional approach to the crime. Such a theoretical orientation should emphasize the need to organize factors related to robbery and to study them together in the attempt to explain the crime.

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