Predictors of fear of crime: general fear versus perceived risk

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  • Derek Chadee,

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    1. Department of Behavioural Sciences, The University of the West Indies
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  • Nikita K. Ng Ying

    1. Department of Behavioural Sciences, The University of the West Indies
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  • This research was funded by a Government of Trinidad and Tobago Research Development Fund—FSS.5-MAR 2007.

Abstract

Much of the literature on fear of crime (FOC) has focused on the role of risk perceptions in understanding FOC, with little consideration given to psychological factors not directly related to crime, but that can impact the levels of FOC. This study introduces general fear (GF) as an explanatory factor in understanding FOC. A proportional random sample of 1,197 respondents was obtained from 406 enumeration districts across Trinidad. The results revealed GF as the strongest predictor of FOC across ethnicity, sex, age, area of residence, and victim status. Explanations and areas for further investigation are offered.

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