Immigration and crime among youth in Switzerland

A. T. Vazsonyi, M. Killias

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The current investigation examined rates and predictors of deviance in a sample of Swiss youth. Data were collected from 3,136 youth; 800 cases were identified as first-generation (35%) or second-generation (65%) immigrant youth. We found that second-generation immigrant male youth were more deviant than Swiss adolescents, second-generation immigrant male youth were also more deviant than first-generation immigrants. Few important differences were found on measures of self-control and measures of perceived sanctions (get caught, shame/guilt, loss of respect) by immigrant status, and the predictive model employed explained between 23% and 51% of the variance in total deviance. Implications for crime and deviance in Switzerland are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-366
Number of pages38
JournalCriminal Justice and Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • General Psychology
  • Law


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