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NCJ Number: 120811 Find in a Library
Title: Fear of Crime in Rapidly Changing Rural Communities: A Longitudinal Analysis
Journal: Rural Sociology  Volume:54  Issue:2  Dated:(Summer 1989)  Pages:195-212
Author(s): R S Krannich; E H Berry; T Greider
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 18
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study addresses fear of crime in Western communities with rapidly changing populations.
Abstract: The majority of prior research reported a relatively low fear of crime in rural communities. Some more recent analyses, however, have indicated unusually high fear in small towns experiencing rapid population growth and related economic changes because of energy developments. Even where there has been no apparent increase in criminal victimization experiences, heightened fear of crime has been observed. This paper examines four communities at three points in time to assess the causes of shifting fear of crime. Results indicate that measures of contextual change, individual social integration, and criminal victimization influence fear of crime more than do individual compositional variables. 4 tables, 36 references. (Author abstract modified).
Main Term(s): Public Opinion of Crime; Rural area studies
Index Term(s): Demographic analysis of crime; Fear of crime; Public Attitudes/Opinion; Rural crime
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meetings of the Rural Sociological Society, Madison, Wisconsin, August 1987.
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