Contact person:
Marie Torstensson Levander
  • Forte – Swedish Research Council for Health
  • Working life and Welfare
Responsible at Malmö University:
Marie Torstensson Levander
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Time frame:
01 January 2018 - 31 December 2021
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About the project

Adolescence is a period in young people's lives when they are increasingly spending more time alone in their neighbourhood but also outside the residential area, in more or less public places and in unstructured and unsupervised activities. This increases their encounters with criminogenic situations and the risk of victimisation. Furthermore, time spent in risky environments and activities are likely to vary between individuals, just as some are more likely to socialise and to be influenced by peers. It is also likely that the reactions to, and consequences of victimisation varies between individuals depending on individual characteristics and social circumstances.

The overall aim with the proposed project is to advance the knowledge about the role of exposure to different social environment and its interaction with personal characteristics and experiences for victimisation. Furthermore, we will explore the consequences of victimisation expressed as fear of crime and mental health problems. The study is based on data from the longitudinal project MINDS (The Malmö Individual and Neighbourhood Development Study) which follows a sample of 560 adolescents in Malmö from 2007 to 2014. The data concern, among other things, information on self-reported victimisation and mental health, and information on exposure to different social settings measured through a space-time time budget method, that give us information on the adolescents daily routines and activities.