Crime and Turning Points in Life: The Life Course of 846 Stockholm Boys During a Half of Century

Project leader

Funding source

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2010
Funding: 2660000 SEK


In the mid 1950s, the Swedish Government appointed a group of experts to investigate causes of juvenile delinquency, resulting in “The 1956 survey of young offenders”. Other studies on juvenile delinquency started during this time, include “100 boys from Children’s Village SKÅ”, about the boys that were admitted to the SKÅ institution due to serious social problems, and “222 Stockholm boys”, a study of a representative sample of boys from Stockholm. These three studies included both delinquent and non-delinquent boys born in the 40s and 50s. The boys’ physical and mental status were evaluated, as well as family composition, parents' living conditions, upbringing, school situation, etc. When these boys were 30 - 40 years old, they were re-interviewed and registry data was added to their file. . One important finding of this follow-up was that individuals who had serious social problems – particularly crime, drug abuse, and alcohol abuse – during childhood and adolescence often lived in difficult social circumstances as adults.

Presently, these men are 60 - 70 years old. We intend re-interview them and supplement register data up through the present to their file. The aim of this project is to continue to study the life trajectories of these men. Our primary research questions are: What is the significance of childhood and upbringing for the life path? What life events have had a major effect on these men’s lives? What is the life situation for these men’s children and grandchildren?

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