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NCJ Number: 229241 Find in a Library
Title: Public Health and Fear of Crime: A Prospective Cohort Study
Journal: British Journal of Criminology  Volume:49  Issue:6  Dated:November 2009  Pages:832-847
Author(s): Jonathan Jackson; Mai Stafford
Date Published: November 2009
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHRQ)
Rockville, MD 20850
British Heart Foundation
London W1H 6DH, England
British Medical Research Council
Health and Safety Executive

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Chicago, IL 60603
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
Bethesda, MD 20824-0105
UK Dept of Health (DH)
London SW1A 2NS, England
US Dept of Health and Human Services
Bethesda, MD 20892
Grant Number: HL36310;HS06516
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This paper examines the association of health and fear of crime.
Abstract: Results found a robust association of mental and physical health that links poor health with increased fear of crime. Because the findings were based on longitudinal analysis of health indictors measured up to 5 years before indicators of worry, the temporal sequence of poor health preceding worry was established, at least amongst the sample of individuals 44 and above. Both mental and physical health appear to contribute independently to greater worry, supporting the idea that physical frailty can increase worry about crime and also highlight heightened worry as one burden of common mental disorder. A feedback model is proposed in which there is a core worry about crime that harms health, which in turn, maintains or elevates levels of emotional response to crime. The challenge for future research is to develop a model of the fear of crime that more accurately captures the experiential and expressive features that characterize this social phenomenon. Data were collected from 10,308 London-based civil servants aged 35- to 55-years old using the first 7 phases of the Whitehall II study. Tables, figures, and references
Main Term(s): Fear of crime; Mental health
Index Term(s): Behavior under stress; Mental disorders; Physical fitness; Social psychology
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