ERIC Number: ED265459
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Crime and the Hispanic Elderly.
Connolly, Michael P.; And Others
Although the determinants of experienced and reported crime have been fairly extensively studied, there is relatively little consensus about the predictors of victimization or likelihood of reporting crimes, and research on the elderly Hispanic Americans as victims and reporters is practically nonexistent. In l979-80, a national study used a combination of the Older Americans Resources and Services Functional Assessment Questionnaire and the Subjective Distress Scale of Psychiatric Status Schedule to assess the service needs of the Hispanic elderly. Data from a subset of 84 Hispanic elderly respondents who reported having been victimized by crime in the last year were examined to determine the crime reporting behavior and the crime experienced by the Hispanic elderly. Twenty variables were selected and classified according to whether they represented individual, family, or community characteristics; health; or indicators of crime. The results of the regression analysis revealed that crime reporting behavior was directly impacted by four variables (ethnic discrimination, contact with children, hospitalization, and sex discrimination) which accounted for 30 percent of the variance. Only one variable was found to directly affect the amount of crime experienced: being disabled accounted for 11 percent of the variance. These findings suggest that ill health predisposes some Hispanic elderly persons to more experienced and reported crime, while sensitivity to ethnic discrimination and family support motivate the Hispanic elderly to report crime. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Criminology Society (37th, San Diego, CA, November, 1985).