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Date: 05/28/2019 11 a.m.
Location: Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Strafrecht, Günterstalstraße 73, 79100 Freiburg im Breisgau
Contact Person: Prof. Dr. phil. Dietrich Oberwittler
Email: d.oberwittler@mpicc.de
The decrease of youth crime in Sweden according to self-report studies © private

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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.