Crime in the Modern City. A Longitudinal Study of Juvenile Delinquency in Münster - wave 3 (2002)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Boers, Klaus (Institut für Kriminalwissenschaften, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster)
  • Reinecke, Jost (Fachbereich IV, Abteilung Soziologie, Universität Trier)
Publication Date
  • Institut für Kriminalwissenschaften, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Legal system, Legislation, Law
    • Person, Personality, Role
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Social behaviour and attitudes
    • Crime
  • Abstract

    Victimization, self-reported delinquency, educational styles, conflict behavior, attitudes towards crime, lifestyles, leisure and consumption styles. Topics: Life satisfaction; group of friends: clique affiliation; frequency of contact with this clique; composition of the clique according to sex and nationality; characterisation of the clique (joint visits to pubs, discos, concerts, hostile groups, feeling of acceptance only within the group, use of violence to assert interests, joint theatre, music or newspaper, fighting with other groups, learning for school, respect for other people, hanging around, drinking alcohol, doing something forbidden for fun); attitude towards foreigners (scale); preferred groups as for instance Rapper or no preferred group; preferred music style; recreational styles: duration per day for television or watching videos; favourite programmes (film genre); reading time per day (books and magazines); internet use per day; playing time computer and console; favourite games; hours per week for jobbing; frequency of sports; main sports; practising the main sport in a sports club, circle of friends, gym or alone; leisure activities; self-characterization (accept other opinions, take advantage of someone, don´t hesitate to help someone in need, keep promises, don´t return borrowed items, only help because of expected return); problems (e.g. with school performance requirements, teachers, parents, boyfriend, police, future prospects, etc.); self-assessment of risk appetite with regard to health and legal as well as financial matters; willingness to take various risky actions (e.g. S-Bahn surfing, throwing stones from a bridge onto moving cars, bungee jumping, etc.). Consumption style: preferred clothes or brands. Lifestyles (urge for new experiences, no dirty work for others, fun and consumption, doing what one feels like doing, somehow one always gets along, achieving one´s life goal through fulfilling one´s duties, political and social self-realization at work, not getting into debt at school, exciting life instead of security, leaving society, dissatisfaction due to limited financial possibilities, not working with enough money, working only to earn money, enjoy and live as pleasantly as possible, throw everything away and run away, enjoy computers and modern equipment, fear of technical progress, old values important, woman finds fulfillment in the family, use of new technologies, political commitment against oppression and exploitation, besides to afford everything that is financially possible, technical progress makes life beautiful, religious ideas play a role, stand completely behind the state). Feeling of security in different places and at different times (e.g. school route, bus stops, during the day or after dark on the bus, etc.); personal precautions to protect against crime (having adults bring you to school, weapons, not taking the bus or train at certain times, tear gas or gas gun, avoiding certain streets, squares or parks, avoiding certain people, leaving money or valuable things at home, skipping school because of threats). Victim experience (incidence of victims): victimisation personally experienced in the last 12 months; frequency of victimisation since January 2001; information on the respective form of crime (robbery, bodily injury with or without a weapon, sexual harassment). Self-reported delinquency (offender incidence): Delinquent behaviour: graffitis; graffitis in the last 12 months; frequency of graffitis since January 2001; graffitis alone or in a group; information on the scene of the crime in Münster; sense of wrongdoing; number of acts from the last year, of which one teacher or the police have knowledge; corresponding queries for other forms of crime (scratching, damage to property, cracking of vending machines or coin telephones, shoplifting, bicycle theft, theft of a motor vehicle, departure of a motor vehicle, handbag robbery, robbery, burglary, other theft, receiving stolen goods, bodily injury with or without theft) without weapon, drug consumption and drug trade); additional information about the person concerned (sex; nationality, age, classmate) for handbag theft, robbery, burglary (here also building type) and other thefts as well as bodily injury with and without weapon; shoplifting: additional information on the value of the stolen goods and the consequences (was not caught, warned, parents notified, house ban, penalty/ handling fee, complaint); drug use: additional information on the type of drugs used, the location and the dealer (sex, nationality, age, classmates); drug trafficking (deals): additional information on the type of drugs sold and the reason for the drug trafficking. Hacking: hacking ever; age at first hacking; hacking in the last 12 months; frequency of hacking since January 2001; number of acts known to the police; wrongdoing (corresponding queries for downloading pirated copies and Internet mailings or orders). Alcohol consumption: age of respondent when first drunk; frequency of excessive alcohol consumption; reason for excessive alcohol consumption; alcohol consumption predominantly alone or in a group. Shoplifting: opinion on the subject of shoplifting; personal reasons for shoplifting (e.g. kick, sense of achievement, test of courage, etc.).); expected opinion of parents, friends, teachers and classmates on shoplifting; importance of the opinion of the above-mentioned persons on shoplifting; assessment of the probability of not being caught in shoplifting (general and personal); reasons against shoplifting (e.g. house detective, video cameras, guilty conscience, etc.); probability of shoplifting in the next 12 months. Hypothetical propensity to violence: attitude to violence (scale); self-characterisation with regard to problem-solving behaviour. Conflict behaviour: conflict behaviour in observed disputes between classmates (keeping out, talking with others, asking to stop, going alone or with others in between, informing teachers). Social network: frequency of contact with persons or groups (friends, family, sports club, music, theatre, art and hobby groups, church or religious youth groups, helping groups (e.g. DLRG, fire brigade), political social groups (e.g. political parties, Greenpeace) and international cultural groups). Education: caregivers in the afternoon after school; caregivers: functioning social network in case of problems, for leisure activities, for depression, when help, comfort or encouragement is needed, really good friend available; educational styles in the parental home in the last 12 months (praise, explain in case of mistakes, TV ban, house arrest or Shortening pocket money as punishment, consolation, hard to tackle or push, quarrel about education, support in anger with others, slap in the face, choking, beating or beating, beating with fist or kicked, bodily injury with weapon, sometimes so, sometimes behave differently, not worried, calms down in fear, indifference, can do what I want, behavior is always wrong). Residential environment: district; assessment of district in terms of youth meeting places, opportunities to do something, leisure opportunities, leisure homes and discos firmly in the hands of certain groups or gangs, too few social workers); problems in district (run-down, empty buildings, trash and bulky waste, drunks, drug addicts, destroyed phone booths, etc.), sprayed house walls, young people threatening others etc., too many foreigners/asylum seekers, undisciplined motorists, noisy neighbours, bored teenagers, loud arguments between adults); norm acceptance: reasons against crimes (e.g. risk of seizure, simply not doing that, etc.). School: grade average in last school certificate; frequency of truancy in last school semester; attitude towards school and characterisation of school, class and teachers; evaluation of various prevention proposals for life in school (student sponsorships, class discussions on problems in the classroom, self-assertion training, seminar on behaviour in threatening situations, out-of-school drug seminar, seminars on social competence and sexuality, design options for classrooms or schoolyards (school living space), remedial courses, class discussions on crime, drugs and alcohol with a teacher or with a policeman, training as a dispute mediator, talks about the relationship between Germans and non-Germans, student exchange, class trips lasting several days, afternoon care, homework help, additional sports activities, courses in German for foreigners, other group, e.g. music, theatre, natural sciences, right of pupils to have a say, smaller schools and classes, no loss of lessons, more imparting of specialist knowledge); participation in these offers; evaluation of police work (school grade); demand for selected police measures for the safety of citizens (e.g. motorised patrols, etc.); self-characterisation (soft-hearted, respectful, thorough, sensitive, objective, defend one´s own opinion, sensitive, intrepid, skilful, cordial, sharp-witted, pay attention to external appearance, conscientious). Demography: age; sex; born in Germany; age at immigration to Germany; nationalities; languages spoken at home; national identity; type of dwelling; own room; number of (step)siblings; professional status of father and mother; assessment of the financial status of the family; amount of money available per month; pocket money per month; main expenses per month; money sufficient. Additionally coded was: number of questionnaire; type of school; class; full check carried out; exclusion of cases useful; weight.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2002-01-21 / 2002-03-04
Geographic Coverage
  • North Rhine-Westphalia (DE-NW)
Sampled Universe
The universe of the third Münster School Survey includes those pupils who attended a school in the 9th grade who took part in the survey during the first survey wave in 2000 with the 7th grade classes or in 2001 with the 8th grade classes (panel component) and all pupils in the 9th grade at Münster schools who took part in the previous surveys (trend component).
Time Dimension
  • Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross-section
  • Longitudinal: Panel
Collection Mode
  • Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
Data and File Information
  • Number of Variables: 609
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA7478 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Boers, Klaus; Reinecke, Jost: Delinquenz im Jugendalter. Erkenntnisse einer Münsteraner Längsschnittstudie. Münster: Waxmann 2007

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 16 | Registration Date: 2019-04-23