The Significance of the International Self-report Delinquency Study (ISRD)

  • Josine Junger-Tas


The subject of the article is the second ISRD study in which 30 countries participated and collaborated. The article describes the underlying rationale of the ISRD study, its objectives, organization, level of analysis and the way in which different criminological theories are tested. The most important aspects of international comparative self-report surveys are highlighted, such as the need for maximum standardization and for a steering group monitoring the whole process as well as the need for regular workshop meetings of participants. In the last section some illustrations of the study’s findings are presented.


Juvenile delinquency Self-report surveys International research Comparative methodology Criminological theory Property crime Violent offenses Versatility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Penal Law and CriminologyUniversity of UtrechtBilthovenThe Netherlands

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