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Worry about crime in a cross-national context: a model-supported method of measurement using the European social survey

Jackson, Jonathan and Kuha, Jouni (2014) Worry about crime in a cross-national context: a model-supported method of measurement using the European social survey. Survey Research Methods . ISSN 1864-3361 (In Press)

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Abstract

This paper examines European Social Survey (ESS) indicators of worry about crime. To scale the measures into a single categorical measure, we use an analytical approach that combines statistical latent class modelling with pragmatic choices for the final classification of the responses. We also undertake an informal examination of the latent class solution in individual countries. Finding the ESS indicators of the frequency and impact of worry to be reasonable cross-national measures of the experience of negative emotions in people’s lives, we close the paper with an estimation of levels of worry in 23 countries. The results display a fairly consistent geographical gradient, with the lowest levels of worry about crime mostly in Nordic countries and Western Europe, and the highest in Eastern Europe and Mediterranean countries.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://ojs.ub.uni-konstanz.de/srm/
Additional Information: © 2014 European Survey Research Association
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Departments > Statistics
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2014 09:39
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/55693/

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