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NCJ Number: 227888 Find in a Library
Title: Gender Differences in Fear of Terrorism
Journal: Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice  Volume:25  Issue:3  Dated:August 2009  Pages:322-340
Author(s): Ashley Marie Nellis
Date Published: August 2009
Page Count: 19
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the fear of terrorism and explored gender differences in reactions to a specific type of violent victimization, terrorism.
Abstract: The results were consistent with findings uncovering gender-specific differences in terrorism fear. Women reported greater amounts of fear of terrorism than men. Women also reported a statistically greater likelihood to seek information than men and also engaged in many more avoidance behaviors. Supporting evidence of the vulnerability perspective, women perceived a much greater risk of terrorism than men did. Fear is a powerful motivator for individuals' behaviors and attitudes, with decades of research focused on the various factors facilitating fear of crime. Researchers have consistently shown that gender is among the strongest predictors of fear of crime. This study, which used terrorism as the measure of violent victimization, allowed for testing of the relationship between gender and the most recent type of victimization fear, terrorism. The study analyzed data collected from a telephone survey of 532 inhabitants from New York City and Washington, D.C. on the topic of reactions to terrorism-related information. Tables, appendix, and references
Main Term(s): Fear of crime
Index Term(s): Gender issues; Public Opinion of Crime; Reactions to crime; Terrorism/Mass Violence; Threat assessment; Victimization; Victimization risk
Note: For related articles see NCJ-227884-87, and NCJ-227889
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