• Jonas Ring
  • Lina Andersson


This study, conducted at Stockholm University’s Department of Criminology, is based on a survey of a sample of youths in secondary education in three Swedish municipalities. The study was conducted in connection with the authors’ participation in the research project, “The Second International Self-report Delinquency Study (ISRD2)”. The objectives of this chapter include presenting the results from the Swedish study on the prevalence of young adults’ participation in crime and other problem behaviours, and on the levels of exposure to theft, assault, mugging and bullying. In addition, the study has the objective of throwing light on the bivariate relationships between involvement in crime and a number of variables relating to different aspects of the youths’ backgrounds, including their situation at home and in school, their leisure time activities and peer associations, their attitudes towards violence, and certain other individual factors. The paper also describes the corresponding relationships between these various factors and exposure to crime.

The next sections of this paper present a short introduction with background information about Sweden, and a description of the conduct of the survey.


Problem Behaviour Negative Life Event Background Factor Leisure Time Activity Delinquent Peer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonas Ring
    • 1
  • Lina Andersson
  1. 1.Department of CriminologyStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden

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