ERIC Number: ED391871
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Dec-26
Between Hope and Fear: Teens Speak Out on Crime and the Community. Study No. 952013. A Survey Conducted for the National Teens, Crime and the Community Program. Fieldwork: October 5 to November 16, 1995.
National Crime Prevention Council, Washington, DC.; National Inst. for Citizen Education in the Law, Washington, DC.
A survey considered young people's attitudes toward crime and violence and community service. The survey was based on a sample of 2,023 public, private, and parochial school students in grades 7 through 12, including a representative sample of urban students. The majority felt safe in their communities, but many did not always feel safe. Twenty-nine percent were worried about drive-by shootings. More than one in three thought crime was a serious problem in their communities, and three in four believed conditions were not changing or were growing worse. Racial tensions and violence were perceived to be bigger problems in urban areas. Seven in 10 either did not know or did not think they could do anything to help prevent crime in their neighborhoods. In addition, teens were often ambivalent about the roles of different social institutions in their communities. Three out of four, across race and location, said that going to college, saving money, having career goals, and having a family are very important. Overall, the survey demonstrated that awareness and fear of crime influence the behaviors of large numbers of young people. Four appendixes discuss survey methodology and present the questionnaire. (Contains 54 text tables, 6 tables in Appendix B, and 2 tables in Appendix C.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Authoring Institution: National Crime Prevention Council, Washington, DC.; National Inst. for Citizen Education in the Law, Washington, DC.
IES Cited: ED546900