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Construal level theory and fear of crime

Jackson, Jonathan ORCID: 0000-0003-2426-2219 and Gouseti, Ioanna (2015) Construal level theory and fear of crime. In: Chadee, Derek, (ed.) Psychology of Fear, Crime and the Media: International Perspectives. Researching social psychology. Psychology Press, Abingdon, UK. ISBN 9781138018327

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Construal level theory of psychological distance (CLT) is a social psychological theory that explores the mechanisms that people use to experience and express reactions to distal events, i.e., events that are not present in the ‘here and now’. The first mechanism is psychological distance from or proximity to the distal event in question; the second mechanism is mental construal of the distal event itself. In this chapter we consider the applicability of CLT for research into people’s representations of crime and their fear of crime. Our goals are twofold: (a) to stimulate new lines of enquiry in criminological research into fear of crime and (b) to discuss their theoretical and policy implications.

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Additional Information: © 2016 Psychology Press
Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2015 14:09
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2021 23:05

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