• Martin Killias
  • Marcelo F. Aebi
  • Leslie Herrmann
  • Carine Dilitz
  • Sonia Lucia


This chapter presents the main results of the second national self-reported juvenile delinquency survey conducted in Switzerland in 2006. The survey was conducted using the standardized questionnaire developed for the ISRD-2 with the addition of a few questions. This assures comparability with the rest of the countries participating in the ISRD-2 project. In addition, it is possible to analyse crime trends because Switzerland participated in the first International Self-reported Delinquency Study (ISRD-1) that took place in 1992. Between 1992 and 2006, no national surveys were conducted, but some surveys took place at the cantonal or city level (e.g. surveys among students in the cantons of Zurich and Vaud). This paper includes a brief socio-demographic and economic description of the country, a presentation of the methodology applied in Switzerland as well as the main results of the survey.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Killias
    • 1
  • Marcelo F. Aebi
  • Leslie Herrmann
  • Carine Dilitz
  • Sonia Lucia
  1. 1.University of Zürich, Institute of CriminologyZürichSwitzerland

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