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Kriminalitetsutveckling och -belastning belyst genom fördelsekohortstatistik.: Födda 1958-1991.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Criminology.
2012 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this report is to describe the development of different age groups, so-called birth cohorts, with regard to their criminal activity as measured by data from the conviction database at Statistics Sweden for the years 1973-2008 (no data readily available after 2008). Most existing cohort studies are limited to one or a few cohorts which are examined in depth. The present study, in contrast, covers 34 cohorts, i.e. all persons born in Sweden from 1958 to 1991, and describes, among other things, • what proportion is found guilty of criminal offences for the first time and at what age; • for what offences they receive sanctions; • how many times they are found guilty during the period under study; • what proportion serves a term in prison, how often and for how long. Women and men are analysed separately. The report also discusses methodological problems connected with this type of study. The main results are that convictions for theft among males have decreased, while the number of convictions for violence has been stable and the number of convictions for drug offences has been J-shaped being higher in the end than in the beginning. As regards females, all cohorts show increases over time in theft, violence, and drugs. The number of male and female cohort members with at least four convictions has decreased over the cohorts, as has the experience of a single or repeated prison sentences. Some criminal policy implications of the findings are discussed. The report is a follow-up of an earlier study by Hanns von Hofer, Leif Lenke (†) and Ulf Thorsson, Criminality among 13 Swedish Birth Cohorts, British Journal of Criminology, Vol. 23(3), July 1983.

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Stockholm: Kriminologiska institutionen , 2012. , 52 p.
, Kriminologiska institutionens rapportserie, ISSN 1400-853X ; 2012:3
Keyword [en]
birth cohorts statistics crime Sweden
Keyword [sv]
födelsekohorter, kriminell belastning, brott
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Research subject
General Criminology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-80181ISBN: 978-91-979847-3-7OAI: diva2:552265
Available from: 2012-11-01 Created: 2012-09-13 Last updated: 2012-11-01Bibliographically approved

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