Årets pristagare: Cathy Spatz Widom, Per-Olof Wikström och Travis W. Hirschi
Cathy Spatz Widom, Per-Olof Wikström och Travis W. Hirschi
 

The jury states that: “The 2016 co-winners are awarded their prize in recognition of their interwoven discoveries about how parents and peers shape successes, or failures, in preventing their children from committing crimes and violence as adults.”

Being one of the most influential theoreticians of modern criminology, Travis W. Hirschi has developed a theory on social bonds which allows criminologists to understand why people, in most cases, do not commit crimes. Cathy Spatz Widom and Per-Olof Wikström have both been influenced by, and further expanded upon, Hirschi’s ideas in their own research. Whilst Widom is mainly concerned with the long-term effects of child abuse, Wikström draws on families’ living conditions to further develop research and theory. The winners have thus made important joint advances in criminological knowledge on how parents and peers affect levels of adult violence and crime.