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NCJ Number: 227885 Find in a Library
Title: Perceptions of Neighborhood Problems, Fear of Crime and Resulting Behavioral Precautions: Comparing Institutionalized Girls and Boys in Florida
Journal: Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice  Volume:25  Issue:3  Dated:August 2009  Pages:264-281
Author(s): Jodi Lane
Date Published: August 2009
Page Count: 18
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined perceptions of neighborhood disorder, fear of general crime and gang crimes and resulting precautionary behaviors among a sample of incarcerated youth in Florida.
Abstract: Results of the study indicate that generally, neither girls nor boys saw elements of disorganization and disorder as problems in their neighborhood, which contradicts research indicating that crime is more prevalent in communities plagued with problems of social disorganization and disorder. Girls were generally not more afraid than boys; however, if they were afraid, a higher percentage of them often said they were very afraid. There were no statistical differences in fear of general crime or gang-related crime between girls and boys. There were some significant differences in terms of precautionary behaviors taken to avoid victimization. Boys were more likely to have arranged for a companion so they would not have to be alone. In addition, girls were more likely to avoid areas of their city and their neighborhood. This study adds to the limited number of studies examining fear of crime among incarcerated juvenile offenders. It reports on an exploratory case study of teenage boys and girls who were incarcerated in one of five medium to high-risk juvenile facilities in Florida. The study specifically examined perceptions of disorder, fear of crime, and behavioral precautions among juvenile offenders. Tables, notes, and references
Main Term(s): Juvenile offender attitudes
Index Term(s): Behavior patterns; Fear of crime; Gender issues; Juvenile inmates; Juvenile offenders; Male female offender comparisons; Perception; Reactions to crime; Social conditions
Note: For related articles see NCJ-227844, and NCJ-227886-89
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