International Victimization Survey, 1988 and 1992 (ICPSR 9421)

Published: Nov 4, 2005

Principal Investigator(s):
Unknown; Pat Mayhew


Version V1

This survey was undertaken in 1988 and 1992 to compare crime rates for industrialized countries and to assess national crime problems by providing a crime index independent of police statistics. Fifteen countries participated in the 1988 survey, and 13 countries were included in 1992. A standardized survey instrument was employed, with Japan, Czechoslovakia, and Poland using questionnaires and sampling methods that varied slightly from the rest. The data include variables such as number of people in the household, sex of the respondent, and number of respondents in the household 16 years of age and older as well as under 16. Additional household demographic variables include employment, education, income, insurance, and city size. Crimes covered include motor vehicle theft and damage, motor bicycle theft and damage, bicycle theft and damage, housebreaking, violence, robberies, assaults, and attempts. Victim-offender relationships, crime prevention techniques, and police contact variables are also provided.

Unknown, and Mayhew, Pat. International Victimization Survey, 1988 and 1992. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2005-11-04.

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A description of weighting procedures and the data collection instrument are provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The weighting procedures and data collection instrument are also available in hardcopy form upon request from ICPSR.

This data collection was produced by the Dutch Ministry of Justice.

For cost reasons, it was decided to interview by telephone where possible. In all countries using Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI), a regionally well-spread selection of households was sampled with some variant of random-digit dialing techniques. Within each household contacted by telephone, a procedure was used to randomly select a respondent 16 years of age or older, based on the composition of the household (the Troldahl-Carter method). No substitution of the selected respondent was allowed.

1988 survey: Persons aged 16 and older living in Australia, Belgium, Canada, England/Wales, Finland, France, Germany (West), Japan, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States. 1992 survey: Persons aged 16 and older living in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czechoslovakia, England/Wales, Finland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Sweden, and the United States.

personal interviews and computer-assisted telephone interviews

survey data



2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.

1997-02-13 Data for 1992 (Part 13) with corresponding electronic documentation and SAS and SPSS data definition statements are now available.


  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.

  • The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented.
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This dataset is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), the criminal justice archive within ICPSR. NACJD is primarily sponsored by three agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice: the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.