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NCJ Number: 182199 Find in a Library
Title: Predictors of Fear of Criminal Victimization at School Among Adolescents
Journal: Sociological Spectrum  Volume:20  Issue:2  Dated:April-June 2000  Pages:149-168
Author(s): David C. May; R. Gregory Dunaway
Date Published: April 2000
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: Mississippi Dept of Public Safety
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study attempts to determine whether predictors of adolescent fear of crime at school are similar to predictors of adult fear of crime.
Abstract: The study used 742 high school students from a Southeastern State. While the predictors of adolescent fear of crime were similar to those of adults, there were important differences. Youths with lower levels of perceived safety at school and youths who perceived their neighborhoods as exhibiting signs of incivility were more likely to be fearful of criminal victimization at school. There were important differences between adolescents and adults regarding the effects of race, gender and victimization experience and fear of crime. Black males were more fearful than White males, and female victims of crime were more fearful than females who had not been victimized by crime. Actual criminal victimization, a significant predictor for adult fear of crime in many studies, did not demonstrate a significant effect on adolescent fear of crime. Also, socioeconomic status did not affect adolescent fear. The variable of grade in school was inversely related to fear of crime, i.e., adolescents were less likely to fear crime as they matriculated through high school. Notes, tables, references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Attitude measurement; Economic influences; Fear of crime; Mississippi; Public Opinion of Crime; School security; Studies; Surveys; Victimization; Victims of Crime
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