The latest findings from the Edinburgh Study are published today. The report is based on the latest phase of fieldwork, which involved interviews with cohort members, an online survey, and analysis of criminal records data.
Amongst the findings are that experiences of poverty and trauma in childhood were strongly associated with offending behaviour in adolescence and also going on to offend into early adulthood. Nevertheless, many of those who were involved in serious offending were not known to the children’s hearings system or the adult criminal justice system. While trauma in childhood was damaging, many of those who continued offending beyond age 25 had also experienced significant trauma in adulthood.
We recommend that policies need to be focused on prevention and early intervention, with specific strategies to tackle poverty and adversity.
Read the full report
Findings from the Edinburgh Study have been featured in a new Data Comic called ‘How Crime has Changed in Scotland’, produced by Professor Susan McVie, Co-Director of the Study.
The findings show how the levels of offending amongst young people have changed over time, how policing impacts on young people and the role of poverty in determining who gets caught up in the criminal justice system. To see the Data Comic, visit the link.
We have sent out information packs to all of our study members to let them know about the latest round of research. » Read more
The research team is still busy contacting everyone who participated in the Edinburgh Study while they were in high school.
To make things a little easier for study members, we have created a secure way to submit your contact information online. Simply visit http://edin.ac/edinburgh-study and follow the instructions.
Members can still return their contact forms by post, in the pre-paid envelopes that were included in their information packs. If you’ve not received your pack, please contact the research team via our contact page, or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.