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ERIC Number: ED122179
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Oct-29
Pages: 14
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Fear of Assault Among the Elderly.
Brown, Ellen
While fear of crime is endemic to American society, certain individuals are more likely than others to express concern for their safety. Using data from the 1974 NORC General Survey (N=1,484), this study examines age and other demographic characteristics of respondents who answered affirmatively to the question "Is there any area around here, that is, within a mile, where you would be afraid to walk alone at night?" The results show a positive relationship between age and fear; a significantly greater percentage (p<.01) of older respondents (60+) expressed this fear compared to middle aged (40-59) and younger (18-39) respondents. In addition, women are more likely than men to express fear (p<.001) and residents of urban areas express fear to a significantly greater extent (p<.001) than residents of other areas. In combination, the effects of age, sex, and residence are strong predictors: 85% of older, urban females expressed fear, whereas only 7% of younger, rural males indicated such concern for their safety. The implications of these findings for isolation among older, urban residents and for possible corrective measures (e.g., neighborhood escort services) are considered. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society (28th, Louisville, Kentucky, October 26-30, 1975); Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document