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NCJ Number: 137118 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Victimization Among Black Americans
Journal: Journal of Black Studies  Volume:22  Issue:2  Dated:(December 1991)  Pages:186-195
Author(s): K D Parker
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 10
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The prevalence of criminal victimization among black Americans was investigated including the influence of sex, age, socioeconomic status, marital status, and size of community variables.
Abstract: Data were obtained from a random sample of 402 Mississippi residents who responded to mailings of self administered questionnaires. The data indicated that in 1982, females, high school graduates, residents of mid-size towns, people less than 35 years old, and individuals living in households with others tended to be targets of criminal victimization, especially the females and young people. About half of the respondents were victims of theft while 15 percent had been vandalized, 11 percent had been threatened, and 17 percent had been victims of violent crimes. Sex and age significantly related to criminal victimization; residence and dwelling type significantly related to violent crimes. In addition, sex significantly related to theft, sex, age; residence significantly related to threats; and marital status and sex significantly related to vandalism. The data demonstrate that victimization is not an exclusively urban or black problem. 3 tables and 17 references
Main Term(s): Black/African Americans; Crime Statistics
Index Term(s): Mississippi; Victimization
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