The relationship between debt and crime: A systematic and scoping review

G. van Beek*, V. de Vogel, H. van de Mheen

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Abstract

Compared to macroeconomic factors, the financial situation of the individual may provide better insight into the relationship between debt and crime. However, the relationship between debt and crime is still unclear and little is known about the causality of this relationship and the factors that influence it. To obtain more insight into this relationship, a systematic and scoping literature review was conducted. Five articles were analyzed in the systematic review, and 24 articles in the scoping review. The results of the systematic review show a strong association between debt and crime whereby debt is a risk factor for crime, especially for recidivism and regardless of the type of crime, and crime is a risk factor for debt. The scoping review provided additional and in-depth insight, and placed the results of the systematic review in a broader perspective. Moreover, it emphasized the prevalence of debt among offenders, regardless of age, and identified the factors that influence the relationship between debt and crime.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages31
JournalEuropean Journal of Probation
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2021

Keywords

  • ADOLESCENCE
  • ANTISOCIAL-BEHAVIOR
  • Crime
  • LIFE-COURSE-PERSISTENT
  • MYTH
  • ONSET
  • RISK-FACTORS
  • SOCIAL-CLASS
  • STRAIN
  • WELFARE-STATE
  • YOUTH
  • criminal behavior
  • debt
  • debts
  • financial problems

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