A Global View on Youth Crime and Victimization: Results From the International Self-Report Delinquency Study (ISRD3)

Date01 November 2019
Published date01 November 2019
AuthorKatharina Neissl,Ineke Haen Marshall,Anna Markina
Subject MatterIntroduction
Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice
2019, Vol. 35(4) 380 –385
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DOI: 10.1177/1043986219884814
A Global View on Youth
Crime and Victimization:
Results From the
International Self-Report
Delinquency Study (ISRD3)
Ineke Haen Marshall1, Katharina Neissl1
and Anna Markina2
International Self-Report Delinquency
Research—Version 2.0
This thematic issue of the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice presents five
papers based on the third sweep of the International Self-Report Delinquency study
(ISRD3). The ISRD3 is a large, international collaborative self-report study of victim-
ization and delinquency among students between 12 and 16 years old in 35 countries.
The methodological background of this project has been extensively detailed in sev-
eral publications (Enzmann et al., 2018; Junger-Tas, 2012; Marshall & Enzmann,
2012).1 The first pioneering efforts of the ISRD project (ISRD1) took place in 1991-
1992 when 11 researchers from Europe and the United States agreed to collect self-
report data in their respective counties, using a basic core instrument, following basic
methodological procedures with an aim to achieve comparable data on delinquency.
The ISRD1 project was the first internationally comparative criminological project to
use the self-report delinquency method (Junger-Tas, 1994; Junger-Tas, Marshall, &
Ribeaud, 2003).2 After a lengthy hiatus, between 2006 and 2008, the second round of
the ISRD (ISRD2) collected data among more than 67,000 young people in 31 coun-
tries. Before launching the third sweep (ISRD3), the ISRD research protocol was
revised while taken care to maintain comparability with ISRD2; building on the solid
foundation of the earlier sweeps, ISRD3 data collection started in late 2012 and now
has been completed in 35 countries.3 The fourth sweep (ISRD4) has been planned for
2020-2022—we will discuss ISRD4 in more detail later in this Introduction.
Although the basic premise and methodology of the ISRD project has not changed
since its early beginnings almost 30 years ago, we selected Version 2.0 as the heading
884814CCJXXX10.1177/1043986219884814Journal of Contemporary Criminal JusticeMarshall et al.
1Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA
2University of Tartu, Estonia
Corresponding Author:
Ineke Haen Marshall, Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115, USA.
Email: i.marshall@neu.edu

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