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NCJ Number: 97454 Find in a Library
Title: Poverty, Inequality, and Theories of Forcible Rape
Journal: Crime and Delinquency  Volume:31  Issue:2  Dated:special issue (April 1985)  Pages:295-305
Author(s): M D Smith; N Bennett
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 11
Type: Statistics
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study provides an empirical assessment of theories of rape that suggest that conditions of poverty and inequality account for differences in rates of rape among communities in the United States.
Abstract: To compensate for problems of statistical unreliability, 1980 data for 88 Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas (SMSAs) with extremely high or low rates of rape are analyzed. Poverty, but not racial economic inequality, is found to partially account for differences in these communities. However, other demographic factors, most notable the percentage of the community divorced or separated are found to be even more viable predictors of high rape rates. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): Crime patterns; Demography; Economic influences; Rape; Rape statistics; Social conditions
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. Revised version of paper presented at the Society for the Study of Social Problems Meetings, August 24, 1985, San Antonio, Texas
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