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NCJ Number: 157165 Find in a Library
Title: Fear and Withdrawal From Urban Life
Journal: Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science  Volume:539  Dated:(May 1995)  Pages:14-27
Author(s): T D Miethe
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 14
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reviews the current literature on individuals' psychological reactions to criminal victimization.
Abstract: The article describes the nature of crime, and the extent and correlates of fear of victimization. Typical reactions to crime include avoidance behavior, protective actions, changes in routine activity patterns and lifestyle, and participation in collective crime prevention action. The author concludes that, while crime has become a basic fact of life for more urban residents in the U.S., it is not necessarily the case that greater exposure to the risk of crime leads directly to greater fear. In many cases, urban residents become desensitized to the existence of crime, so that crime does not result in a total withdrawal from and rejection of urban life. Nonetheless, some people, notably women and older people, are more likely to be overly fearful, to have a distorted perception of their likelihood of victimization, and to take the most precautions to reduce their risks. 35 notes
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Fear of crime; Psychological victimization effects; Public Opinion of Crime; Statistics; Victim reactions to crime
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