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

Lec­turer: Prof. Dr. Robert Svens­son (De­part­ment of Crim­in­o­logy, Malmö/Sweden) | Date: 05/28/2019, 11 a.m. | Ven­ue: Max Planck In­sti­tute for For­eign and In­ter­na­tion­al Crim­in­al Law, 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.