Youth and crime in Sweden
2014 (English)In: Oxford handbooks online, New York: Oxford University Press, 2014Chapter in book (Refereed)
This chapter describes trends in crime among Swedish youth on the basis of both official statistics and alternative indicators, noting a decline over time both in the general level of youth involvement in crime and in the size of the gender gap, particularly in official statistics. The system of reactions to youth crime in Sweden is described, together with central reforms implemented over the past 15 years and trends in sanctioning practice since the mid-1990s. Returning to the issue of the declining gender gap, the chapter concludes by presenting new data on both justice system sanctions and childhood resources and by discussing what these data might contribute to our understanding and interpretation of the declining sex differences in officially recorded crime.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.
Sweden, youth crime, youth sanctions, crime trends, sanctioning trends, gender gap, childhood resources
Law and Society
Research subject Criminology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-105833DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199935383.013.007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-105833DiVA: diva2:732180
ProjectsIndividuella resurser och strukturella förutsättningar
FunderForte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare