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NCJ Number: 230242 Find in a Library
Title: Bystander Intervention and Fear of Crime: Evidence From Two Chinese Communities
Journal: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology  Volume:54  Issue:2  Dated:April 2010  Pages:250-263
Author(s): Lena Y. Zhong
Date Published: April 2010
Page Count: 14
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: By drawing on findings in two contrasting communities within a Chinese city, this study investigates the effects of fear of crime and type of community on bystander intervention.
Abstract: From the perspective of prosocial behavior, bystander intervention is conditioned by situational factors; from an informal social control perspective, bystander intervention has been demonstrated to be associated with level of crime and violence at the community level. This study shows that fear of crime and type of community have robust and consistent effects on bystander intervention, controlling for demographic characteristics including sex, age, and education. The implications of the findings are discussed in terms of bystander intervention as both prosocial behavior and informal social control. The findings also question the usefulness of simply casting bystander nonintervention as corrupted morality in China. Tables, notes, and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): China; Citizen reactions to crime; Fear of crime; Foreign criminal justice research; Informal social control
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