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ERIC Number: EJ903038
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0090-4392
How Long Does Victimization Foster Fear of Crime? A Longitudinal Study
Russo, Silvia; Roccato, Michele
Journal of Community Psychology, v38 n8 p960-974 Nov 2010
We studied the relationship between victimization and fear of crime longitudinally, analyzing data from the Observatory of the North-West (Italian national sample, N = 1,701, two waves: January 2006 and January 2007). We modeled fear of crime at T[subscript 2] using as independent variables: (a) the main sociodemographic variables and fear of crime, as assessed at T[subscript 1]; (b) direct victimization; and (c) indirect victimization. Recent direct victimization was the most effective victimization predictor of both concrete and abstract fears, followed by multiple or repeat direct victimization. On the other hand, direct victimization occurring in the 12 months before the first wave did not influence fear. Recent indirect victimization and, above all, multiple or repeat indirect victimization influenced concrete, but not abstract, fear of crime, while direct victimization occurring in the 12 months before the first wave did not foster fear. We discuss the limits of this work and possible further directions. (Contains 5 tables and 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy
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