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Peterborough Adolescent and Young Adult Development Study

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New exciting data

PADS+ collaborative study, The Madrid Study, led by Professor Alfonso Serrano-Maíllo of the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) has completed data collection in Cali, Colombia, using the PADS+ questionnaire translated in Spanish.

Prof. Alfonso Serrano-Maillo

A happy Professor Alfonso Serrano-Maíllo.

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PADS+ Principal Investigator Professor Per-Olof Wikström has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology. The fellowship "recognises persons who have made a scholarly contribution to the intellectual life of the discipline, whether in the form of a singular, major piece of scholarship or cumulative scholarly contributions". The award was presented in November at the 2010 ASC annual meeting in San Francisco.

PADS+ Principal Investigator Professor Per-Olof Wikström has been elected as a Fellow of the British Academy.

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The explanation of crime: Context, mechanisms and development,
edited by Wikström and Sampson (2006) is now also available in paperback.

Click here to purchase your own copy!

We have listed below our new and upcoming publications. To access all our publications, click here.

New Publications

PADS+ researchers and collaborators have been busy developing papers on a number of topics. Some of the latest to become available are:


New empirical findings out now!

Wikström, P-O H., Ceccato, V., Hardie, B. & Treiber, K., 2010. Activity fields and the dynamics of crime. Advancing knowledge about the role of the environment in crime causation. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 26(1), pp.55-87.

Wikström, P-O H. & Svensson, R., 2010. When does self-control matter? The interaction between morality and self-control in crime causation. European Journal of Criminology, 7(5), pp.395-410.

For other empirical findings, see:

Wikström, P-O H., 2009. Crime propensity, criminogenic exposure and crime involvement in early to mid adolescence. Monatsschrift fur Kriminologie und Strafrechtsreform, 92, pp.253-266.

Wikström, P-O H., 2010. Explaining Crime as Moral Actions. In: S. Hitlin & S. Vaisey, eds. Handbook of the sociology of morality. Springer.

Wikström, P-O H., 2010. Situational Action Theory. In: F. Cullen & P. Wilcox, eds. Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory. London: SAGE publications.

Wikström, P-O H., 2010. Social ecology of crime. Oxford Bibliographies Online. Oxford University Press.

Wikström, P-O H., 2010. Routine Activity Theory. Oxford Bibliographies Online. Oxford University Press.

Wikström, P-O H., 2010. Situational Action Theory. Oxford Bibliographies Online. Oxford University Press.

Wikström, P-O H., 2010. Situational Action Theory. In: B. Fisher & S. Lab, eds. Encyclopedia of Victimology and Crime Prevention. Beverly Hills: SAGE publications.

Pauwels, L. & Svensson, R., 2010. Informal controls and the explanation of propensity to offend: A test in two urban samples. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research. Currently online.

Svensson, R., Pauwels, L. & Weerman, F. M., 2010. Does the effect of self-control on adolescent offending vary by level of morality? A test in three countries. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 37(6), pp.732-743.

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Upcoming Publications

Several publications are currently in press and will be available soon! These include:

Wikström, P-O H., Treiber, K. & Hardie, B., 2011. Examining the role of the environment in crime causation: Small area community surveys and space-time budgets. In D. Gadd, S. Karstedt & S. Messner (eds) The Sage Handbook of Criminological Research Methods. Sage Publications Ltd.

Treiber, K., 2011. The neuroscientific basis of Situational Action Theory. In A. Walsh & K. Beaver (eds) The Ashgate Research Companion to Biosocial Theories of Crime. Ashgate Press.

Wikström, P-O H., Tseloni, A. & Karlis, D., (in press). Do people abide by the law because they fear getting caught?

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Forthcoming Events

American Society of Criminology Conference
16th-19th November 2011, Washington, D.C, USA.

For recent and past events, please click here

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The 6th wave of interviews was completed in 2010 and the PADS+ team are proceeding with post-fieldwork activities such as cleaning and collating all data, and updating the PADS+ database. Alongside this, the team are commencing a mini sweep to ensure we hold up-to-date contact details for all PADS+ participants. Information obtained from this mini sweep will be greatly valuable for the next wave of interviews, which will take place in early 2012.

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PADS+ is not recruiting at the moment.

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