Juvenile Delinquency in Austria: Results from the Isrd-3 Study

Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 09:30
Location: Seminar 52 (Juridicum)
Oral Presentation
Christopher SCHLEMBACH, University of Vienna, Austria
The paper presents results of the third wave of the International Self Report Delinquency Study (ISRD-3) in Austria that was conducted in 2013. 6000 pupils in all 9 provinces participated which allows for comparative analysis at the province level. The survey aimed at describing patterns of criminal offending, substance abuse as well as experiences of victimization. Factors that are associated with offending and victimization -- these are, for the most part based in ideas of control theory (Gottfredson and Hirschi) like family background, parental supervision, truancy, self control, delinquent peers, leisure activities, drinking patterns, etc. -- were also conceptualized and measured. These contextual factors allow for the conceptualization of protective and risk factors from the perspective of crime prevention. The paper focuses on descriptive results of offending patterns for all 9 provinces of Austria as well as substance abuse.