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Juvenile Delinquency in Europe and Beyond

Results of the Second International Self-Report Delinquency Study

  • Josine Junger-Tas
  • Ineke Haen Marshall
  • Dirk  Enzmann
  • Martin Killias
  • Majone Steketee
  • Beata Gruszczynska

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Western Europe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 12-12
    2. Josine Junger-Tas, Ineke Haen Marshall, Dirk Enzmann, Martin Killias, Majone Steketee, Beata Gruszczynska
      Pages 1-11
    3. Josine Junger-Tas, Majone Steketee, Marit Moll
      Pages 15-28
    4. Nicole Vettenburg, Claire Gavray, Michel Born
      Pages 29-46
    5. Dirk Enzmann
      Pages 47-64
    6. Catherine Blaya
      Pages 65-77
    7. Martin Killias, Marcelo F. Aebi, Leslie Herrmann, Carine Dilitz, Sonia Lucia
      Pages 79-95
    8. Günter P. Stummvoll, Ingrid Kromer, Isabella Hager
      Pages 97-109
  3. Anglo-Saxon countries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 110-110
    2. Jessica Breen, Ursula Manning, Ian O’Donnell, David O’Mahony, Mairead Seymour
      Pages 113-123
    3. Josée Savoie
      Pages 125-137
    4. USA
      Ineke Haen Marshall, Ni He
      Pages 139-157
  4. Northern Europe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 158-158
    2. Venla Salmi, Janne Kivivuori
      Pages 161-172
    3. Jonas Ring, Lina Andersson
      Pages 173-190
    4. David W. M. Sorensen, Nanna Gabrielsen
      Pages 191-202
  5. Mediterranean countries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 202-202
    2. Silvia M. Mendes, Susana Carvalho
      Pages 205-211
    3. Cristina Rechea Alberola, Raquel Bartolomé Gutiérrez
      Pages 213-226

About this book


Juvenile Delinquency in Europe and Beyond: Results of the Second International Self-Report Delinquency Study presents the status of juvenile crime and delinquency and its backgrounds in many of the European Union member states as well as in the United States, Canada, Venezuela and Surinam. The book includes information on key issues in juvenile delinquency such as victimization of young people, alcohol and drug use and its relation to juvenile crime, involvement in youth gangs, immigration, family and school and neighborhood situations. It provides insight into different views on what can be considered juvenile crime; what acts are subsumed in its definition and when we can speak about structural delinquent behavior.

These insights are based on self-reported information systematically and simultaneously collected from about 70,000 12-15 year old youths in 28 countries. Until recently, the self-report methodology has not been applied on such a large scale in an international context. The results of this survey provide new and unexpected data about those young people who structurally commit criminal acts, as well as on the frequency of the behavior and the conditions that have an impact on offending.

The wealth of descriptions and insights in delinquency of all these countries will be of great interest to scholars, students and practitioners because of the special character of the publication; it is a book of reference to everyone interested in the backgrounds of juvenile delinquency.



Comparative criminology Crime Cross-national studies Ethnic minorities and Crim Juvenile delinquency Juvenile risk behaviour Juvenile victimization Self-report surveys Substance abuse comparative survey methodology gang social control theory theory-testing

Editors and affiliations

  • Josine Junger-Tas
    • 1
  • Ineke Haen Marshall
    • 2
  • Dirk  Enzmann
    • 3
  • Martin Killias
    • 4
  • Majone Steketee
    • 5
  • Beata Gruszczynska
    • 6
  1. 1.Willem Pompe InstituteUniversity of UtrechtUtrechtNetherlands
  2. 2.Dept. SociologyNortheastern UniversityBostonU.S.A.
  3. 3.Universität HamburgHamburgGermany
  4. 4.Kriminologisches InstitutUniversität ZürichZürichSwitzerland
  5. 5.Verwey-Jonker InstituutUtrechtNetherlands
  6. 6.Fac. Law & AdministrationUniversity of WarsawWarszawaPoland

About the editors

Josine Junger-Tas studied Sociology at the Free University of Brussels (Belgium) and obtained her PhD degree in the Netherlands at the University of Groningen. She was employed by the Dutch Ministry of Justice in its Research Institute and was appointed as Director of the Institute in 1989. She was active in the Council of Europe chairing an Expert Committee on Juvenile Delinquency in 1989. In 1992, she was appointed member of its Scientific Council. She was also active in the United Nations, where she also did preparatory work for the UN Criminology congresses.

In 1989, she received the Sellin-Glueck Award from the American Society of Criminology for her ‘Contributions to Criminology’. In 1994, she was appointed professor of Youth Criminology at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. She taught Self-report methodology at the University of Cambridge for three years and since 2002 she is visiting professor at the University of Utrecht. In 2000, the University of Lausanne awarded her an Honorary doctorate. In the same year with several colleagues, she launched the European Society of Criminology. At the first ESC conference in Lausanne, she was elected the first ESC President.

In November 2007, she received the Distinguished International Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology.


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