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Revisiting sensitivity to risk in the fear of crime

Jackson, Jonathan ORCID: 0000-0003-2426-2219 (2011) Revisiting sensitivity to risk in the fear of crime. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 48 (4). pp. 513-537. ISSN 0022-4278

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0022427810395146


This paper considers the psychology of risk perception in worry about crime. A survey-based study replicates a long-standing finding that perceptions of the likelihood of criminal victimization predict levels of fear of crime. But perceived control and perceived consequence also play two roles: (a) each predicts perceived likelihood; and (b) each moderates the relationship between perceived likelihood and worry about crime. Public perceptions of control and consequence thus drive what Mark Warr defines as ‘sensitivity to risk.’ When individuals perceive crime to be especially serious in its personal impact, and when individuals perceive that they have little personal control over the victimization event occurring, a lower level of perceived likelihood is needed to stimulate worry about crime.

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Additional Information: © 2010 SAGE Publications
Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2010 11:47
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2024 02:57

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