Portions of this work were presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Diego, March 1995. This publication was made possible by a grant from the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP, Grant No. 1OH86-SP04) 67-0)). The presentations herein are those of the authors and may not necessarily reflect the opinions, official policy, or position of CSAP; the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; the Public Health Service; or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. We wish to thank Drs. Clyde Dent and Tom Simon for their comments on earlier versions of this paper, and Gaylene Gunning for her assistance in data collection.
Correlates of Youths' Fears of Victimization1
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 27, Issue 18, pages 1601–1616, September 1997
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Fishkin, S. A., Rohrbach, L. A. and Johnson, C. A. (1997), Correlates of Youths' Fears of Victimization. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 27: 1601–1616. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1997.tb01615.x
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This study investigated the role that depression, deviant behaviors, and exposure to violence may play in youths' fears of victimization. In-school youth (ages 11 to 20 years) completed an anonymous, self-administered health behavior questionnaire that measured a variety of psychosocial variables. Included in the questionnaire were items concerning fears of personal victimization, demographics, depression, deviant behaviors, and previous exposure to violence. Logistic regressions revealed that gender, grade, ethnicity, depression, and previous exposure to violence were significantly associated with high fears of victimization. The implications of this study for future research into children's fears and for prevention programs are discussed.