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International self-report delinquency 4 (ISRD4) in Brazil and in the UK: a cross cultural comparison based on the control theory

Grant number: 22/10125-4
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): January 16, 2023
Effective date (End): January 15, 2024
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Psychological Treatment and Prevention
Principal Investigator:Marina Rezende Bazon
Grantee:Rafaelle Carolynne Santos Costa
Supervisor: Christopher Howard Birkbeck
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto (FFCLRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Salford, Manchester, England  
Associated to the scholarship:21/04732-2 - Juvenile delinquency, mental health issues and a history of victimization: Brazilian contribution to the International Self-Report Delinquency 4 Study (ISRD4), BP.DR


The International Self-Report Delinquency Study (ISRD) is an international and collaborative study on delinquency and victimization in the adolescent population, ongoing in 54 countries in the current edition (ISRD4). Brazil is being represented by a team of the Group of Studies and Research in Development and Psychosocial Intervention (GEPDIP/FFCLRP/USP), a context in which the research at the doctoral level FAPESP nº 2021/04732-2 is being implemented. UK researchers, on the other hand, have been involved since ISRD1. Results previously obtained have facilitated public policies based on evidence-based practices, in primary and secondary prevention of juvenile delinquency. The ISRD1 results supported the adaptation of the Communities That Care (CTC) program in the UK and ISRD3 results were published in "Good Policing: Trust, Legitimacy and Authority" a material used by the UK College of Policing. As the ISRD was also designed to allow cross-cultural comparisons focused on the study of delinquency and victimization prevalence and testing theories relevant to these issues, this project proposes a cross-cultural study between Brazil and the United Kingdom. The aim is to test in which extent "attachments", "commitments", "beliefs", and "involvement" (the key concepts of Control Theory) are associated with higher levels of juvenile delinquency in these countries. The research will be carried out with data collected from an estimated sample of 3,600 adolescents (1,800 from each country), aged between 13 and 17 years, with the ISRD4 standardized questionnaire. Data analysis include data exploration, descriptive statistics, and linear regression analysis to estimate the predictive value of the independent variables of interest concerning delinquency. In addition to the theoretical gains with this project, it can bring practical benefits, related to the transfer of knowledge to society, considering the know-how of the UK team in this area. (AU)

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