The decrease of youth crime in Sweden according to self-report studies © private

Gastvortrag von Prof. Dr. Robert Svensson (Department of Criminology, Malmö/Schweden) am 28.05.2019, Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Strafrecht, Freiburg.

Youth crime has been found to decrease in several countries. How can we explain and understand this decrease? Different explanations have been discussed. In this study we examine the Swedish crime trend among young people in the period between 1995 and 2017. We will be focusing on different crime types and present data for both boys and girls. We also examine whether several potential explanatory factors, such as attitudes toward crime, attitudes toward alcohol and attitudes toward school have changed over time in relation to crime. Another important explanatory factor that will be discussed is whether changes in daily routines could have an impact on the self-reported crime trend. In that instance special attention will be given to the increase in time spent online. This study is based on the National Council for Crime Prevention’s nationally representative school survey of year nine youth, i.e. 15 years of age. We will be using data from the eight surveys conducted between 1999 and 2017. Our analysis could be of interest in a wider debate on the crime drop.

Biographical note:
Robert Svensson is Professor at the Department of Criminology at Malmö University, Sweden. He received his PhD in Sociology from Stockholm University in 2004. His research interests include crime and deviance, and in particular crime and deviance among adolescents, criminal careers, cross-national comparative research, and quantitative methods.