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NCJ Number: 98155 Find in a Library
Title: Neutralizing the Impact of Crime
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:12  Issue:2  Dated:(June 1985)  Pages:221-239
Author(s): R S Agnew
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 19
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Contrary to mass media accounts and popular beliefs, quantitative data indicate that the relationship between victimization and fear of crime is weak. Efforts to explain this weak relationship have, so far, been unsatisfactory. This article attempts to explain the weak relationship by arguing that the impact of victimization is mediated by the beliefs of the individual.
Abstract: In particular, victims often employ certain beliefs or 'techniques of neutralization' to convince themselves that their particular victimization was not harmful. By defining their victimization in this way, they avoid the fear and other negative reactions that sometimes accompany victimization. This article lists the five major techniques of neutralization employed by victims, presents evidence for their existence, and discusses their relevance to victimology. (Publisher abstract)
Index Term(s): Fear of crime; Psychological victimization effects; Victim reactions to crime
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