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International Self-Report Delinquency Study

The International Self-Report Delinquency study was launched in 1992 by the Ministry of Justice in the Netherlands. Its aims were to measure the prevalence of different types of youthful misbehaviour in industrialised countries; examine sources of cross-national variation; provide an alternative to police statistics and victim surveys and contribute to the development of the self-report methodology. Due to the success of this exercise a second ISRD began in 2005 involving 25 countries including Ireland. The objectives of Irish participation in ISRD-2 are to:

  • Describe the prevalence and incidence of offending among students aged 12 to 15 years.
  • Learn more about the correlates of criminal behaviour in this age group.
  • Examine the role of school and neighbourhood.
  • Chart the range of delinquent trajectories, with a focus on age of onset, frequency and seriouness of offending.
  • Explore the reactions to juvenile delinquency of parents, teachers, police and the courts.

The research for the ISRD-2 was undertaken by the Department of Social Sciences and Centre for Social and Educational Research at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), the Institute of Criminology at University College Dublin, and the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Queen’s University, Belfast.