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NCJ Number: 227887 Find in a Library
Title: College Students' Crime-Related Fears on Campus: Are Fear-Provoking Cues Gendered?
Journal: Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice  Volume:25  Issue:3  Dated:August 2009  Pages:300-321
Author(s): Bonnie S. Fisher; David May
Date Published: August 2009
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: Eastern Kentucky Justice & Safety Ctr
Richmond, KY 40475-3102
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study explored the gendered nature of fear-provoking cues and crime-related fears while on campus.
Abstract: The wide range in proportions (19-65 percent) of both females and males who indicated that specific cures provoked them to be fearful of criminal victimization while on campus gave credence to the past research findings that individuals saw and distinguished cues in their immediate environment as fear generating. However, despite the relative difference in these proportions, there was not a statistically significant relationship between the rank orders of these proportions, suggesting that fear-provoking cues were not gendered. In addition, there were no significant differences across gender in the impact of the cues on either fear of larceny-theft, aggravated assault, or simple assault. In summation, it appeared that the fear-provoking cues under study were not gendered. Though gender plays a central role in the study of crime-related fear as does the description of various fear-provoking cues in the environment, few researchers have examined which fear-provoking cues, if any, are gendered. The objective of this exploratory study was to begin to close the gap about what is known about fear-provoking cues among females and males and examined if these cues were gendered. The study used a large sample of undergraduates from a public university. Tables, notes, and references
Main Term(s): Fear of crime
Index Term(s): Campus crime; Crime in schools; Gender issues; Perception; Public Opinion of Crime; Reactions to crime
Note: For related articles see NCJ-227884-86, and NCJ-227888-89
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