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International Victimization Survey, 1988 and 1992

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Mayhew, Pat
  • Unknown
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • International Crime Victimization Survey (ICVS) Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
assault; auto theft; crime; crime prevention; crime rates; industrial nations; robbery; theft; victimization
  • Abstract

    This survey was undertaken in 1988 and 1992 to compare crime rates for industrialized countries and to assess national crime problems by providing a crime index independent of police statistics. Fifteen countries participated in the 1988 survey, and 13 countries were included in 1992. A standardized survey instrument was employed, with Japan, Czechoslovakia, and Poland using questionnaires and sampling methods that varied slightly from the rest. The data include variables such as number of people in the household, sex of the respondent, and number of respondents in the household 16 years of age and older as well as under 16. Additional household demographic variables include employment, education, income, insurance, and city size. Crimes covered include motor vehicle theft and damage, motor bicycle theft and damage, bicycle theft and damage, housebreaking, violence, robberies, assaults, and attempts. Victim-offender relationships, crime prevention techniques, and police contact variables are also provided.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: 1988 Data, Sample 2,000
    • DS2: Data List 1988, Sample 2,000
    • DS3: Variable List 1988, Sample 2,000
    • DS4: 1988 Data, Sample 28,006
    • DS5: Data List 1988, Sample 28,006
    • DS6: Variable List 1988, Sample 28,006
    • DS7: 1988 Data, Sample 500
    • DS8: Data List 1988, Sample 500
    • DS9: Variable List 1988, Sample 500
    • DS10: Data List 1988, Weight 500
    • DS11: Weight Data 1988, Sample 500
    • DS12: Codebook for 1988 Data
    • DS13: 1992 Data
Geographic Coverage
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Czech Republic
  • England
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Global
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Northern Ireland
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Scotland
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • United States
Sampled Universe
1988 survey: Persons aged 16 and older living in Australia, Belgium, Canada, England/Wales, Finland, France, Germany (West), Japan, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States. 1992 survey: Persons aged 16 and older living in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czechoslovakia, England/Wales, Finland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Sweden, and the United States.
For cost reasons, it was decided to interview by telephone where possible. In all countries using Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI), a regionally well-spread selection of households was sampled with some variant of random-digit dialing techniques. Within each household contacted by telephone, a procedure was used to randomly select a respondent 16 years of age or older, based on the composition of the household (the Troldahl-Carter method). No substitution of the selected respondent was allowed.
Collection Mode
  • A description of weighting procedures and the data collection instrument are provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The weighting procedures and data collection instrument are also available in hardcopy form upon request from ICPSR.

    This data collection was produced by the Dutch Ministry of Justice.

2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.1997-02-13 Data for 1992 (Part 13) with corresponding electronic documentation and SAS and SPSS data definition statements are now available.
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9421 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Killias, Martin, Kesteren, John van, Rindisbacher, Martin. Guns, violent crime, and suicide in 21 countries. Canadian Journal of Criminology.43, (4), 429-448.2001.
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    • ID: (URL)
  • Lynch, James P.. Secondary analysis of international crime survey data. Understanding Crime: Experiences of Crime and Crime Control: Acts of the international conderence, Rome, 18-20 November 1992.Rome, Italy. 1993.
  • Dijk, J.J.M. van, Mayhew, Pat. Criminal Victimization in the Industrialized World. The Hague, Netherlands: Dutch Ministry of Justice, Stafafdeling Informatievoorziening Directorate for Crime Prevention. 1992.
  • Farrington, David P., Langan, Patrick A.. Changes in crime and punishment in England and America in the 1980's. Justice Quarterly.9, (1), 5-46.1992.
    • ID: 10.1080/07418829200091241 (DOI)
  • Lynch, James P.. Secondary Analysis of International Crime Survey Data. International Conference on Understanding Crime: Experiences of Crime and Crime Control.Rome, Italy. 1992.
  • Dijk, J.J.M. van, Mayhew, Pat, Killias, M.. Experiences of Crime around the World: Key Findings from the 1989 International Crime Survey. Deventer: Kluwer. 1990.
  • Dijk, Jan J.M. van. Future Perspectives Regarding Crime and Criminal Justice. Report for the Fourth Conference on Crime Policy.Strasbourg: Council of Europe. 1990.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Mayhew, Pat; Unknown (1990): International Victimization Survey, 1988 and 1992. Version 1. International Crime Victimization Survey (ICVS) Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.