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NCJ Number: 126224 Find in a Library
Title: Trends in Juvenile Delinquency: 1980 - 1988
Author(s): J Junger-Tas; M Kruissink
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 79
Sponsoring Agency: Netherlands Ministry of Justice
2500 Eh the Hague, Netherlands
Publication Number: ISBN 90-6000-719-0
Sale Source: Netherlands Ministry of Justice
Research and Documentation Centre
Box 20301
2500 Eh the Hague,
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: Netherlands
Annotation: This overview of juvenile delinquency in the Netherlands analyzes 8-years of data from police and justice agencies together with a 1988 self-report survey of male and female 12-to 17-year old juveniles.
Abstract: The statistical data reveal unique differences between the results of the two sources. Further, juvenile self-report data serve to complete the official State trends of youth outside the law. As in much of Western Europe, official Dutch statistics indicate a decline in delinquency, down 19 percent from 1982 to 1988. Self-report survey results reveal a similar decline in juvenile criminal actions from 1985/86 to 1987/88, although female crime on its own has increased slightly. It is concluded that (1) the overall decline may be a result of stronger, informal/social controls and youth-oriented crime prevention programs; (2) factors such as truancy, alcohol-comsumption, and soft drug use may lead to increased juvenile delinquency; (3) alternative, nonimprisonment sanctions are being used more and more by juvenile justice officials; and (4) Dutch official use of short term unconditional imprisonment is increasing, despite a general Western European decline. 45 tables, 29 references, sample questionnaire, and 9 tables and 2 figures on questionnaire results.
Main Term(s): Foreign juvenile delinquency
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquent demographic data; Juvenile offense statistics; Male female juvenile offender comparisons; Self-report studies
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