Research projects

KFN is an independent and interdisciplinary research institute which is devoted to research on deviant behavior. The research team currently consists of about 25 scientists from the fields of psychology, social and legal sciences. Since 2017 KFN is organised in five research units, which are based on the three levels of the KFN-building.

The research unit Societal transformation bundles projects that seek the emergence of divergent behavior as a result of social changes. Both the slowly progressing structural change, such as the demographic change, as well as rapid changes that have occurred in the context of reunification, are taken into account. At present, the significant changes in migration flows are of particular importance in this context. The work of the research unit is not restricted to the description of these phenomena. Rather it is necessary to elucidate the conditions and causes of deviations . Therefore the projects can be both fundamentally oriented and application-oriented. The projects of the research unit also address those questions which relate to the importance (or even the function) of crime in general, or the social treatment of deviations.

 

Societal transformation

 

Head of research unit:
Dr. Dominic Kudlacek
Pericles Radicalisation within the digital age (RadigZ) Immigration to Lower Saxony Prejudice-Related Crime

Societal transformation

Head of research unit:
Dr. Dominic Kudlacek

Pericles

Radicalisation within the digital age (RadigZ)

Immigration to Lower Saxony

Prejudice-Related Crime

The research unit Succeeding development deals with the development of children and adolescents who grow and study under risk conditions, which can protect preventive approaches from the effects of these particular risk profiles. The general concept of successful development is intended to make it clear that the focus is not exclusively on the development of law in the adult age. Rather, other relevant indicators of a positive development are included, such as the link and relationship behavior, cognitive, school and professional development, health and education behavior, and physical as well as mental health status.

 

Succeeding development

 

Head of research unit:
PD Dr. Florian Rehbein (parental leave)
Substitute: Dr. Nadine Jukschat

Pro Kind Follow Up Klasse2000 (Class2000) Media Protect

Prevention and treatment of substance and non-substance addictions in Lower Saxony

Succeeding development

Head of research unit:
PD Dr. Florian Rehbein 
(parental leave)
Substitute: Dr. Nadine Jukschat

Pro Kind Follow Up

Klasse2000 (Class2000)

Media Protect

Prevention and treatment of substance and non-substance addictions in Lower Saxony

The aim of the research unit Social control and sanctioning is the task and practice of judicial and executive law enforcement institutions, in particular courts, public prosecutors, police and judicial authorities, institutionalized social control (child and youth welfare) and forensic Facilities (regulation of measures). The research unit is linked to earlier research traditions of the KFN by investigations in the research field of the police and the prison system.

 

Social control and sanctioning

 

 

Head of research unit:
Prof. Dr. Thomas Bliesener
Evaluation of the youth detention in Schleswig-Holstein Evaluation of the youth restitution in Lower Saxony Evaluation of forensic psychiatry in Lower Saxony Police-issued eviction order Evaluation of police video surveillance in public places in NRW (§ 15a PolG NRW)

Social control and sanctioning

Head of research unit:
Prof. Dr. Thomas Bliesener

Evaluation of the youth detention in Schleswig-Holstein

Evaluation of the youth restitution in Lower Saxony

Evaluation of forensic psychiatry in Lower Saxony

Police-issued eviction order

Evaluation of police video surveillance in public places in NRW (§ 15a PolG NRW)

Crime phenomena are subject to constant change. Social developments and changes in values lead to changes in the legal sanctions catalog. Individual violations of the norms lose their status as a criminal offense and are reduced to administrative offenses or completely deleted from the sanctioning list; in other areas of behavior, new borders develop and new criminal offenses are codified. In particular, the increasing technologicalization of society also encourages completely new forms of behavior, which are experienced as transgressive and need to be regulated normatively (e.g., virtual space such as cyberstalking). Other new norm breaches are, however, characterized by the fact that they exploit technical innovations to generate an unacceptable advantage (for example, phishing attacks, goods fraud on the Internet). The social discussion of such new forms of crime, and in particular the response of the law enforcement authorities to these offenses, requires a thorough scientific analysis of the conditions of origin and the background, the perpetrators and victims as well as the individual and social consequences. Accordingly, the research unit Crime + crime effects focuses on socially important crime phenomena in their manifestations, forms and consequences.

 

Crime + crime effects

 

Head of research unit:
Dr. Gina Rosa Wollinger
 
Rocker crime Organized Crime concerning Domestic Burglary Cyberattacks against companies

Crime + crime effects

Head of research unit:
Dr. Gina Rosa Wollinger

Rocker crime

Organized Crime concerning Domestic Burglary

Cyberattacks against companies

The research unit Monitoring of unreported crime integrates various, partly periodically conducted dark figure surveys to self-reported victimisation or perpetratory criminal activities as well as their influencing factors and consequences. The flagship of this research unit is the representative student survey conducted since 1998 of about 10,000 ninth graders in Lower Saxony (Niedersachsensurvey). The primary objective of this survey is to gain insight into the dissemination, conditional factors, temporal progression and trends, as well as the prediction of delinquent behavior of adolescents. In addition to such classic criminalological content, however, current topics are also integrated into the survey (for example, from the current survey, questions on the integration of migrants, xenophobia, right-wing extremism and Islamophobia, questions about salafist attitudes or rejection of the majority society).

 

Monitoring of unreported crime

 

Head of research unit:
Dr. Sören Kliem
School surveys Data analysis and documentation of the self-report survey in Schleswig-Holstein Update of regional analyses of right-wing extremism in Schleswig-Holstein

Monitoring of unreported crime

Head of research unit:
Dr. Sören Kliem

School surveys

Data analysis and documentation of the self-report survey in Schleswig-Holstein

Update of regional analyses of right-wing extremism in Schleswig-Holstein


 


Completed projects


Completed projects

Crime trends

Victimisation research

Institutions and sanctioning

Crime prevention

Describing and explaining the causes of and trends in deviant and delinquent behaviour
Risks, conditions and consequences of victimisation
Operation of controlling agents and their effects on subjects
Development and evaluation of crime prevention measures and programmes

Analysis of trends in crime committed by immigrants in Schleswig-Holstein

The effect of the demographic change on crime trends and the work of police, justice, detention and probation service

Media use and school achievement

Migration and crime

Homicide of children aged 6-13 years in Germany

Transient burglars

Criminological comparative regional analysis of burglary

Sexual abuse by Catholic clerics

Homicide of children aged 0–5 years in Germany

Victim survey 2011

Victimisation in prison

KFN victim survey: Fear of crime among older persons

Elderly victims of sexual violence: A neglected victim group?

Victimisation and trust in the system

 

Developmental consequences of incarceration

Fragile Transitions: The integration of young men with prison experience into work and training

The influence of heroin prescription on the delinquency of opiate addicts

Volunteer work in Berlin correctional institutions

Working in correctional institutions

Evaluating treatment of young sex offenders

The consequences of incarceration

Violence against police officers (2005–2009)

Violence against police officers (1985–2000)

Police in the progress of change

Causes of divergent developments in imprisonment rates

From talking about the to talking with them…

Needle exchange programme in the City of Hamburg prison system

Ambulant sanctions for juvenile offenders

Evaluation of the newly introduced option of youth detention in conjunction with youth penalty suspended on probation (shock detention)

Violence against police officers on operational and patrol duty in Lower Saxony

Prevention and intervention in human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation (PRIMSA)

Everyday experience and settings of refugees in Lower Saxony (ALFiN)

Media use and punitivity

Internet and video game addiction

Pro Kind

“Lust auf Leben wecken”: Getting kids off the screen

Video game age ratings in Germany

Media in childhood

Evaluation of the BISS counselling and intervention centres for victims of domestic violence

Evaluation of ‘LoGo’ Antiaggression Training Courses

 

Crime trends

Describing and explaining the causes of and trends in deviant and delinquent behaviour

Analysis of trends in crime committed by immigrants in Schleswig-Holstein

The effect of the demographic change on crime trends and the work of police, justice, detention and probation service

Media use and school achievement

Migration and crime

Victimisation research

Risks, conditions and consequences of victimisation

Homicide of children aged 6-13 years in Germany

Transient burglars

Criminological comparative regional analysis of burglary

Sexual abuse by Catholic clerics

Homicide of children aged 0–5 years in Germany

Victim survey 2011

Victimisation in prison

KFN victim survey: Fear of crime among older persons

Elderly victims of sexual violence: A neglected victim group?

Victimisation and trust in the system

KFN victim survey: Fear of crime among older persons

Institutions and sanctioning

Operation of controlling agents and their effects on subjects

Developmental consequences of incarceration

Fragile Transitions: The integration of young men with prison experience into work and training

The influence of heroin prescription on the delinquency of opiate addicts

Volunteer work in Berlin correctional institutions

Working in correctional institutions

Evaluating treatment of young sex offenders

The consequences of incarceration

Violence against police officers (2005–2009)

Violence against police officers (1985–2000)

Police in the progress of change

Causes of divergent developments in imprisonment rates

From talking about the to talking with them…

Needle exchange programme in the City of Hamburg prison system

Ambulant sanctions for juvenile offenders

Evaluation of the newly introduced option of youth detention in conjunction with youth penalty suspended on probation (shock detention)

Violence against police officers on operational and patrol duty in Lower Saxony

Crime prevention

Development and evaluation of crime prevention measures and programmes

Prevention and intervention in human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation (PRIMSA)

Everyday experience and settings of refugees in Lower Saxony (ALFiN)

Media use and punitivity

Internet and video game addiction

Pro Kind

“Lust auf Leben wecken”: Getting kids off the screen

Video game age ratings in Germany

Media in childhood

Evaluation of the BISS counselling and intervention centres for victims of domestic violence

Evaluation of ‘LoGo’ Antiaggression Training Courses