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ERIC Number: EJ842826
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-1538-8220
The "Reality" of Middle-School Crime: Objective vs. Subjective Experiences among a Sample of Kentucky Youth
Wilcox, Pamela; Augustine, Michelle Campbell; Bryan, Jon Paul; Roberts, Staci D.
Journal of School Violence, v4 n2 p3-28 2005
While actual, "objective" experiences with crime in school are very important, so too are "subjective" experiences with crime including cognitive perceptions of the likelihood of experiencing school crime and the emotionally-based fear of school crime. Moreover, objective and subjective experiences with crime (and the differences among them) might be quite different depending upon the type of crime in question; patterns of objective versus subjective experiences may not be generalizable but instead might be crime-specific. The present study extends the literature by providing a descriptive comparison of objective versus subjective experiences with school-based crime. More specifically, we compare the prevalence of actual victimization experiences with subjective cognitive-based risk perceptions and emotionally-based fears of crime for seven different specific offenses and then compare the relationships between these various school-crime experiences and socio-demographic covariates in order to see how objective and subjective experiences are affected similarly or differently by race, class, gender, and place of residence. Finally, we examine the inter-relationships among victimization, risk and fear for different types of crime. We provide these comparisons using survey data from 3,636 8th grade students across 60 Kentucky schools. (Contains 5 tables, 1 figure and 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky