Understanding and Preventing Youth Crime (UPYC): A comparative study of youth misbehavior and crime in France, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA.

UPYC is both part of ISRD3 and a free-standing study. In addition to administrating the ISRD3 core questionnaire and national modules in classrooms, these five countries collect contextual data on youth justice policies and structures. The aim is to make city- and country-level indicators part of the theoretical framework of offending and victimization and add a stronger focus on the across-country comparison of youth justice systems.

UPYC if funded by a number of national sources: The French National Research Agency (ANR), the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in the UK and the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the US.

For more information on the project in Germany, the UK or the USA, please visit UPYC-GermanyUPYC-UK or UPYC-USA.


Part of the UPYC group

Part of the UPYC research team


Below you can find a short (6 min) video prepared for potential participants in the United States, which explains the main goals of the study, as well as what is involved for US schools who will participate. Although the video was prepared for the US, it contains background information about UPYC and the questionnaire that generally apply to the other participating countries as well.