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Fear of crime and victimization: a multivariate multilevel analysis of competing measurements

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posted on 09.07.2014 by Andromachi Tseloni, Christina Zarafonitou
This study models simultaneously three commonly used indicators of fear of crime - feeling unsafe alone at home after dark, feeling unsafe walking alone after dark and worry about becoming a victim of crime - against direct (being a victim) and indirect (knowing a victim) victimization, controlling for demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of individuals via multivariate, i.e. multiple responses, multilevel analysis of data from Athens, Greece. The results show that (a) the association of the three indicators weakens as key explanatory factors of fear of crime are accounted for, (b) crime experiences are related to feeling unsafe at home alone after dark only via its association with feeling unsafe walking alone after dark and worry about becoming a victim of crime and (c) indirect and direct prior victimization and crime exposure predominantly shape perceived future risk.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

European Journal of Criminology

Volume

5

Issue

4

Pages

387 - 409

Citation

TSELONI, A. and ZARAFONITOU, C., 2008. Fear of crime and victimization: a multivariate multilevel analysis of competing measurements. European Journal of Criminology, 5 (4), pp.387-409.

Publisher

© Sage

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

2008

ISSN

1477-3708

eISSN

1741-2609

Language

en

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