Juvenile delinquency in Switzerland over 50 years: assessing trends beyond statistics

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Title
Juvenile delinquency in Switzerland over 50 years: assessing trends beyond statistics
Journal
European journal on Criminal Policy and Research
Author(s)
Killias Martin, Lucia Sonia, Lamon Philippe, Simonin Mathieu
ISSN
0928-1371
1572-9869
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2004
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
10
Number
2-3
Pages
111-122
Language
english
Abstract
The general public seems to be convinced that juvenile delinquency has
massively increased over the last decades. However, this assumption is much less popular
among academics and some media where doubts about the reality of this trend are often
expressed. In the present paper, trends are followed using conviction statistics over 50 years,
police and victimization data since the 1980s, and self-report data collected since 1992. All
sources consistently point to a massive increase of offending among juveniles, particularly
for violent offences during the 1990s. Given that trends were similar in most European
countries, explanations should be sought at the European rather than the national level. The
available evidence points to possible effects of increased opportunities for property offences
since 1950, and although causality remains hard to prove, effects of increased exposure to
extreme media violence since 1985.
Keywords
crime trends, crime victimization surveys, juvenile delinquency, self-reported delinquency, statistics, Switzerland, TV violence, video
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Yes
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