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NCJ Number: 229948 Find in a Library
Title: Determinants of Attitudes Toward Police of Latino Immigrants and Non-Immigrants
Journal: Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:38  Issue:1  Dated:January/February 2010  Pages:99-107
Author(s): Mark E. Correia
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 9
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Using research conducted in an immigrant rich area, this study examined the possibility that determinants of attitudes toward the police differ across immigrants and non-immigrants.
Abstract: Though much attention has been given to the effect of ethnicity on perceptions of the police, few studies had focused on Latino immigrants. Using several statistical techniques, this article explores the impact of the most commonly used variables (e.g., age, gender, contact with the police) as well as those most associated with immigrants (e.g., language proficiency, religiosity, residential stability). Other variables used to assess various social processes (e.g., social cohesion, informal social control, neighboring, and civic behavior) were also included. The findings revealed variations in determinants of attitudes toward the police between immigrants and non-immigrants, and suggest distinct social processes may account for these differences. These findings suggest that both researchers and policymakers must expand their breadth to more fully understand immigrant attitudes toward the police. Tables, notes, and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Public Opinion of the Police
Index Term(s): Comparative analysis; Cultural influences; Hispanic; Immigrants/Aliens
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