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International self-reported delinquency study in Russia and Armenia

English title International self-reported delinquency study in Russia and Armenia
Applicant Killias Martin
Number 111055
Funding scheme SCOPES
Research institution Institut de criminologie et de droit pénal Ecole des Sciences Criminelles ESC Université de Lausanne
Institution of higher education University of Lausanne - LA
Main discipline Legal sciences
Start/End 01.01.2006 - 30.09.2008
Approved amount 58'000.00
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Keywords (4)

youth; self-reported delinquency; crime; Armenia

Lay Summary (English)

Lay summary
Existing official crime statistics in Russia and Armenia are not very satisfactory. In this connection the idea of International Self-Reported Delinquency (ISRD) study as an alternative and supplement to crime statistics is very important for scientists, policymakers and practitioners. ISRD will reveal the real situation of youth delinquency.Besides this, in recent years countries of the European Union have undertaken measures to obtain comparative data on crime problems. One of these measures is the ISRD. The main goals of the ISRD are measurements of prevalence and incidence rates of delinquency (this is more trustworthy than official crime statistics) and evaluation of correlation of offending. Neither in Russia nor Armenia has self-reporting methodology ever been used and this missing information which the study will provide can be of great value.

The project will be realized by two teams from the Russian side consisting of one Professor, three Doctors, and four PhD students: the first team is based at the Sector for the Studies of Social Deviance at the Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences; the second team is based at the Non-Governmental Organization ‘Center for Analytic Studies and Development situated in Privolzhskiy Federal District of Russia in Kazan city. Members of both teams have substantial experience in studying the issues of youth delinquency. From the Armenian side the project will be realized by a group of scientists based at the Faculty of Law of Yerevan State University. The group will consist of 1 senior researcher, 2 Assistant-Professors, 2 Doctors, 1 PhD student, and the team-leader.Members of the group have essential experience in studying the problems of youth delinquency.

As a practical output of the study national research reports as well scientific articles in the Russian and Armenian languages will be prepared for publication. Additionally, information letters entailing main results of the project will be sent to different Russian and Armenian organisations dealing with youth crime and delinquency, as well as being disseminated via professional e-mail lists and Internet. Research results will be broadly used in teaching and preparation of dissertations of the involved PhD students.

The proposed project will strengthen the capacities of its participants providing them with the unique experience of conducting international research project; facilitate more in-depth studies of these issues; help to keep the existing and create new scientific schools dealing with juvenile delinquency, and have a considerable impact on maintaining and creating international scientific networks. New knowledge that will be produced as a result of this study will contribute not only to the criminological and sociological sciences, but also to the development of crime and violence prevention programmes among youth in Russia and Armenia.
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