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NCJ Number: 200676 Find in a Library
Title: Are Older People Most Afraid of Crime? Revisiting Ferraro and LaGrange in Trinidad
Journal: British Journal of Criminology  Volume:43  Issue:2  Dated:Spring 2003  Pages:417-433
Author(s): Derek Chadee; Jason Ditton
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 17
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: By revisiting Ferraro and LaGrange’s fear of crime and age study, this article assesses the connection between fear of crime and age using data from the Caribbean island of Trinidad.
Abstract: The paradoxical relationship between the relatively low rates of criminal victimization of older adults and the relatively high fear of crime among these individuals has yet to be proved conclusively. This article presents a review of literature on fear of crime studies, focusing on gerontological research. Using data from the Community Living and Integration Survey conducted by the Psychological Research Center in Trinidad in September 1999, the authors analyzed questions designed to measure fear of crime. Of the total 728 usable questionnaires, 303 individuals were male, 422 were female, and 262 were Afro-Trinidadian, while 325 were Indo-Trinidadian, 134 were mixed Afro-Indo, and 4 were White. Results of a multi-stage cluster design indicated that simple correlations for fear of crime and age were low and negative for both males and females. Furthermore, self-rating of risk followed a similar pattern. Contrary to the literature which suggests that the aged feel like prisoners in their own home, in Trinidad these individuals are the least afraid of crime of any age group. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Age group comparisons; Fear of crime
Index Term(s): Crime Rate; Crime Statistics; Crime surveys; Trinidad/Tobago
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