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Åt var och en efter behov? Kriminalitet som markör för olika behandlingsalternativ

  • Tova Zetterberg Pihl
  • Carina Wetterstrand
Publishing year: 2007
Language: Swedish
Document type: Student publication for Master's degree (one year)


The aim of this study was to, using previously collected data from self-declared antisocial behaviour questionnaires, examine if the crime frequency has been different between adolescents that have either been referred to two different forms of open care in social service, child and youth psychiatric inpatient care or have been sent to Homes for Specialised Supervision. The criminality frequency and the most common crimes committed were compared between the study groups and further between genders in each particular study group. Statistical significance testing was used and the results of the survey revealed that juvenile delinquents that had committed severe criminal acts were represented in all four groups. The study group with adolescents in national care was the most different from other groups. These youths seemed to have had a lower crime frequency than the other groups with the exception assault and robbery. The most significant differences between genders were detected in the study group with adolescents in national care. When significant differences between genders were revealed boys had a higher crime frequency than the girls in most cases.

Within the social service corps of Sweden there seems to be some notions that open care in social service, child youth psychiatric care and Homes for Specialised Supervision cater to different client groups where the degree of criminality is one of the factors that set these groups apart. Our study shows there are no such general conclusions to be drawn.



  • Social Sciences
  • socialtjänst
  • öppenvårdsinsats
  • barn-och ungdomspsykiatrisk vård
  • institutionsvård
  • kriminalitet
  • uppförandestörning
  • conduct disorder
  • Social sciences
  • Samhällsvetenskaper
  • Sociology
  • Sociologi
  • Social changes, theory of social work
  • Sociala förändringar, teorier om socialt arbete


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