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NCJ Number: 200926 Find in a Library
Title: Crime Victimization, Alcohol Consumption, and Drug Use in Canadian Public Housing
Journal: Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:31  Issue:4  Dated:July/August 2003  Pages:383-396
Author(s): Walter S. DeKeseredy; Martin D. Schwartz; Shahid Alvi; E. Andreas Tomaszewski
Editor(s): Kent B. Joscelyn
Date Published: July 2003
Page Count: 14
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study provides exploratory data on the incidence of and sociodemographic risk factors associated with three social problems: predatory crime victimization, illegal drug use, and alcohol consumption in Canadian public housing.
Abstract: This exploratory study deals with the surprisingly small amount of scientific study of crime victimization specifically on public housing estates, particularly in Canada. For this study, six public housing estates in the west end of an urban center in Eastern Ontario, Canada were selected. One person in each household over the age of 18 was asked to complete the Quality of Neighborhood Life Survey (QNLS). The study yielded 325 usable questionnaires. A total of 55 percent of the men and women in the QNLS sample reported being harmed by one or more types of crime. The QNLS participants reported higher rates of predatory crime victimization than members of the Canadian general population, and higher than those found in the full 2000 National Crime Victimization Survey. Due to high levels of poverty, joblessness, low collective efficacy, and other social problems, the public housing estates in this study were for the most part unhappy places and this was compounded by the amount of crime. The exploratory data presented strongly suggest that the public housing complexes included in this study were “hot spots” of predatory criminal activities. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Public housing
Index Term(s): Canada; Crime Causes; Demographic analysis of crime; Demography; Economic influences; Environmental influences; Poverty and crime; Social conditions; Social density; Urban area studies; Victim profiles
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