Schools surveys

Project period

Ongoing

Project staff

Marie Christine Bergmann (Project Manager)

Laura Beckmann

Tim Schneegans (research assistant)

Project description

The Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony (KFN) has carried out regular surveys of mostly ninth grade school students since 1998. Conducted in various cities and areas, the surveys aim to collate reliable data on the extent and structure of juvenile crime and deviancy. The selected approach is a multi-centric self-report survey. The surveys are referred to as multi-centric because they are carried out in selected cities and areas. They are self-report surveys because they aim to measure the full extent of crime and deviance, and not just reported crime.

Most of the surveys so far have concentrated on ninth graders for two reasons: Firstly, the behaviour of interest is no longer a rarity in this age group. Secondly, because of mandatory schooling in Germany, all adolescents of this age group are still at school, making it possible to survey large numbers of school students relatively economically.

The first KFN schools survey in 1998 was the first large-scale survey of its kind in Germany. Subsequent surveys were about supplementing the traditional criminological perspective with new thematic focuses. The survey in 2000, for example, was dedicated to truancy. The 2005 schools survey looked at the extent and consequences of problem media use, with fourth grade students included in the survey for the first time. The 2007/2008 schools survey was Germany’s first representative national survey. 2013 saw the first Lower Saxony Survey, a representative survey of school students across Lower Saxony that is repeated once every two years. This makes it possible both to capture trends in juvenile deviance and to shed empirical light on more recent phenomena.

Lower Saxony Survey

Schools survey 2015

Schools survey 2014

Schools survey 2010

Schools survey 2009

Schools survey 2008

Schools survey 2007/2008

Schools survey 2006

Schools survey 2005

Schools survey 2000

Schools survey 1999

Schools survey 1998