History and Design of the ISRD Studies

  • Josine Junger-TasEmail author
  • Ineke Haen Marshall
  • Dirk Enzmann
  • Martin Killias
  • Majone Steketee
  • Beata Gruszczynska


The present volume is the first official publication on the second International Self-Report Delinquency Study (ISRD-2), an international collaborative research enterprise with a cross-national description and explanation of juvenile delinquency as its main objective.

In general, the cross-national description of the prevalence and incidence of delinquent behaviour allows for the assessment of national crime rates by comparing them with the crime rates of other countries. The questions to be answered are: Is juvenile delinquency normal, ubiquitous and transitional? Is there a pattern of similarity in the offending behaviour of juveniles across countries or are there any important differences? Descriptive comparisons of crime rates will call for explanations, especially if differences are observed. What are the national socio-economic or cultural differences, or the characteristics of legal or criminal policies that can explain such differences? However, one should not forget that similarities call for explanations as well.

Another goal of cross-national criminological research is the explanation of delinquent and criminal behaviour or the falsification of criminological theories. To the extent that the findings related to different nations are similar, the confidence in existing theories is strengthened. Divergent results call for explanations that will modify and ultimately improve our theories under test.


Crime Rate Delinquent Behaviour Juvenile Delinquency Hard Drug Criminological Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Josine Junger-Tas
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ineke Haen Marshall
  • Dirk Enzmann
  • Martin Killias
  • Majone Steketee
  • Beata Gruszczynska
  1. 1.University of Utrecht, Willem Pompe Institute of CriminologyUtrechtNetherlands

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