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ERIC Number: EJ798081
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0011-1287
Modeling Fear of Crime in Dallas Neighborhoods: A Test of Social Capital Theory
Ferguson, Kristin M.; Mindel, Charles H.
Crime & Delinquency, v53 n2 p322-349 2007
This study tested a model of the effects of different predictors on individuals' levels of fear of crime in Dallas neighborhoods. Given its dual focus on individual perceptions and community-level interactions, social capital theory was selected as the most appropriate framework to explore fear of crime within the neighborhood milieu. A structural equation model was developed and tested. Several positive influences of social capital on lowering fear were identified, including police presence in the neighborhood, social support networks, neighborhood satisfaction, and collective efficacy. This study suggests that social capital can be mobilized as a public safety, community resource in high-crime neighborhoods. (Contains 5 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas