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Frank Weerman appointed as endowed Professor Youth Criminology

Frank Weerman has been appointed as endowed Professor in the newly established Youth Criminology chair at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam (within the Criminology Department of the Erasmus School of Law). 

With this appointment, Erasmus School of Law aims to enhance youth criminology research in Rotterdam and to have a chair connected to the thematic Master’s profile Youth Criminology. The endowed chair of Prof. Weerman will connect researchers and data collections and as such contribute to the role of the NSCR as a national center and facilitator of advanced research in crime and law enforcement.

Professor Weerman’s research will focus in particular on the role of peers and troublesome youth groups in criminal behaviour of young people, with special attention to the increasing role of the internet. The results may inform policies and practices to address urban problems and youth crime issues. The chair will connect to novel methods and theories within criminology, and to research already being conducted within the department of Criminology at the Erasmus School of Law.

The duration of the chair is four years with the possibility of an extension.

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prof. dr. Frank Weerman

About prof. dr. Frank Weerman


Frank Weerman received his Masters degree in Sociology in 1992, with a specialisation in Criminology. In 1998, he received his PhD at the University of Groningen, for which he conducted an empirical study to test and expand Hirschi’s social control theory on juvenile delinquency. From 1998 until 2000, Weerman was affiliated as a postdoc researcher at the University of Twente, where he wrote a book about co-offending, criminal cooperation and group formation. He is affiliated with the NSCR since August 2000, currently in the position of senior researcher. His research interests are juvenile delinquency and criminological theory, with a focus on the role of peers in delinquent behaviour. Since 2002, he coordinated the “School Project”, a longitudinal study among secondary school students that included datacollection on changes in delinquency and social networks among the students. Under the umbrella of the international research network “Eurogang”, he published on troublesome youth groups and gangs. Since 2008, he is involved in the longitudinal Study of Peers, Activities and Neighbourhoods (SPAN).

Frank is a member of the Life-course Cluster, the Intergenerational Cluster, the Cybercrime Cluster and the Extremism/Terrorism Cluster.

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2018

Asscher, J J; Dekovic, M; van den Akker, A L; Prins, P J M; van der Laan, P H

Do Extremely Violent Juveniles Respond Differently to Treatment? Journal Article

Int J Offender Ther Comp Criminol, 62 (4), pp. 958-977, 2018, ISSN: 1552-6933 (Electronic).

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van der Stouwe, T; Asscher, J J; Hoeve, M; van der Laan, P H; Gjjm, Stams

The Influence of Treatment Motivation on Outcomes of Social Skills Training for Juvenile Delinquents Journal Article

Int J Offender Ther Comp Criminol, 62 (1), pp. 108-128, 2018, ISSN: 1552-6933 (Electronic).

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2016

Asscher, J J; Dekovic, M; van den Aller, A L; Prins, P J M; van der Laan, P H

Do extremely violent juveniles respond differently to treatment? Journal Article

International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 2016.

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van der Stouwe, T; Asscher, J J; Hoeve, M; van der Laan, P H; Stams, G J J M

The influence of treatment motivation on outcomes of social skills training for juvenile delinquents Journal Article

International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 2016.

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van der Stouwe, T; Asscher, J J; Hoeve, M; van der Laan, P H; Stams, G J J M

Social skills training for juvenile delinquents: post-treatment changes Journal Article

Journal of Experimental Criminology, 2016.

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2015

James, C; Asscher, J J; Stams, G J J M; van der Laan, P H

The effectiveness of aftercare for juvenile and young adult offenders Journal Article

Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 2015.

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2013

James, C; Stams, G J J M; Asscher, J J; Roo, De A K; der Laan, Van P H

Aftercare programs for reducing recidivism among juvenile and young adult offenders: A meta-analytic review Journal Article

Clinical Psychology Review, 33 (2), pp. 263-274, 2013.

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der Put, Van C E; Asscher, J J; Stams, G J J M; der Laan, Van P H; Breuk, R; Jongman, E; Doreleijers, T

Recidivism after treatment in a forensic youth-psychiatric setting: the effect of treatment characteristics Journal Article

International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 57 (9), pp. 1120-1139, 2013.

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2007

Asscher, J J; Dekovic, M; van der Laan, P H; Prins, P J M; van Arum, S

Implementing randomized experiments in criminal justice settings : An evaluation of multi-systemic therapy in the Netherlands. Journal Article

Journal of Experimental Criminology, 3 (2), pp. 113-129, 2007.

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