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The effects of health, environmental, and socio-psychological variables on fear of crime and its consequences

International Journal of Aging & Human Development

Author: Bazargan, M.
Year: 1994
Type: Journal Article


Despite extensive research on fear of crime among elder members of the population, little attention has been paid to the fear of crime among Black urban elderly individuals. Using a sample of 372 low income urban Black persons aged sixty-two and over the causes and consequences of such fear were investigated. Fear of crime reduces subjective well-being of these older adults and limits their mobility. Age, gender, education, marital status, loneliness, self-reported health status, previous victimization experience, media exposure, trust of neighbors, length of residence, and type of housing were tested to identify significant predictors of fear of crime. Some of these variables had a diverse impact on fear of crime at home versus outside of the home. For example, while gender was the strongest predictor of fear of crime outside the home, it was not significantly associated with fear inside the home. Surprisingly, self-reported health status was not related to fear of crime among this sample of urban Black elderly individuals.

Further Details

Pages 99-115
Volume 38
Issue 2
Accession Number 12.3.03
Research Notes ILL Request made 28/8/13
Keywords oldersafety improvementsecurityhealth improvementemotional

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