Recidivism in convicted young offenders participating in community-based rehabilitative programmes: 18-month follow-up of 189 Swedish male offenders
(English)In: International Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 1369-6866, E-ISSN 1468-2397Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
Recidivism over 18 months was investigated in a representative group of Swedish male offenders, 15-17 years old, who had been referred to community based rehabilitative programmes (n=189). Also, registry data on earlier contacts with social services and previous convictions was collected. Eighteen months after programme start, 60% of the young offenders were registered as suspected of new crimes, 48% for crime of violence. Previous contacts with social services had been documented for 44%, and 30% were registered as previously convicted. However, the group was highly heterogeneous, and all registry data corresponded well with self-reported history of antisocial behaviour collected at programme start, by which three subgroups (n=60, 64 and 64, respectively) with significantly different problem profiles had been identified. Results are discussed in relation to developmental theories of antisocial development, and the need to adher o the risk principle when designing interventions for young offenders.
antisocial behaviour, young offenders, juvenile justice, adolescence, recidivism, developmental psychology
Research subject Clinical Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-42464OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-42464DiVA: diva2:346498