Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice

2014 Edition
| Editors: Gerben Bruinsma, David Weisburd

History of the Self-Report Delinquency Surveys

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5690-2_618

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Criminologists use survey methods in order to study the full extent of crime, including both unrecorded crimes and crimes recorded by the criminal justice system and related official agencies. The self-report delinquency survey is one of the two major survey instruments currently used by criminologists to that effect (the other one being the victim survey). This entry presents a history of the offender-based self-report delinquency survey. The invention of the research method is described. In addition, the rise of the self-report survey is explained by reference to internal and external factors influencing criminology.

The main scientifically internalfactor was the problem of unrecorded crime which haunted the age of moral statistics (early criminology) from 1820s to 1930s. The researchers of this era despaired over the impossibility of breaking the official control barrier of crime...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Criminological UnitNational Research Institute of Legal PolicyHelsinkiFinland