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NCJ Number: 221087 Find in a Library
Title: Delinquent Behaviour in Nordic Capital Cities
Author(s): Janne Kivivuori
Corporate Author: Scandinavian Research Council for Criminology
University of Stockholm

National Research Institute of Legal Policy
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 121
Sponsoring Agency: National Research Institute of Legal Policy
Helsinki , FI-00531
Scandinavian Research Council for Criminology
104 05 Stockholm, Sweden
Publication Number: ISBN 978-951-704-338-0
Sale Source: National Research Institute of Legal Policy
POB 444
Pitkansillanranta 3 A
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: Finland
Annotation: Drawing on the second sweep of the International Self-Report Delinquency Study (ISRD), this report describes the contemporary patterns of delinquent behavior in the five Nordic capital cities--Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Reykjavik, and Stockholm--and reviews the history of the Nordic self-report tradition.
Abstract: Core findings on the prevalence of delinquency found that adolescents in Copenhagen had the highest prevalence of alcohol and drug use. Shoplifting was equally prevalent among the five cities, and bicycle theft was more prevalent in Copenhagen. Lifetime weapon-carrying and group fighting were the most prevalent in Copenhagen and Helsinki. Difference in assault and robbery among the five cities were insignificant. The prevalence of property destruction was highest in Copenhagen. Computer-related copyright offending was equally prevalent among the five cities. Regarding the frequency of cannabis use, Oslo and Stockholm users ranked the highest for the frequency of theft, Oslo had the highest average offense frequency. In all the cities, boys and girls participated equally in alcohol and drug use, and shoplifting patterns were also similar between boys and girls. In all cities, shoplifting was the offense with the earliest onset, with drug use being a late onset offense. Five percent of the 13-16 year-olds in the five cities reported contact with the police due to an offense. Data collection was conducted in all Nordic countries in 2006 as part of the International Self-report Delinquency Study Project, which involves most European nations and the United States. A review of the history of Nordic self-report research covers 50 years, from early enthusiasm for it, through a relative eclipse, to the current renaissance characterized by national indicator systems and joint ISRD participation. 41 figures, 14 tables, and 90 references
Main Term(s): Foreign juvenile delinquency
Index Term(s): Comparative analysis; Crime surveys; Denmark; Finland; Iceland; Juvenile Delinquent behavior; Juvenile drug use; Juvenile shoplifting; Juvenile theft offenses; Norway; Scandinavia; Self reported crimes; Self-report studies; Sweden; Underage Drinking; Violent juvenile offenders
Note: National Research Institute of Legal Policy Publication No. 227
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