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Race and Gender Effects on Fear of Crime: An Interactive Model With Age

NCJ Number
Criminology Volume: 25 Issue: 1 Dated: (February 1987) Pages: 133-152
S T Ortega; J L Myles
Date Published
20 pages
Multiple regression techniques were used on 1979 data from 8 Chicago neighborhoods (3,018 subjects) to assess whether or not the effects of age, race, and gender on fear of crime (FOC) are interactive.
Results of correlational analysis indicate partial support for the proposition that FOC is a combined product of high exposure to crime, high subjective risk of victimization, and low resources for coping with the consequences of victimization. Contrary to expectations, zero-order correlations between race, age, and FOC were nonsignificant. However, both race and age were related to neighborhood crime level and to perceived victimization risk. Finally, subjective risk of victimization strongly affected FOC to approximately the same degree for blacks and whites, males and females, and young and old respondents. 5 notes, 5 tables, and 25 references.


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