The relationship between likelihood and fear of criminal victimisation: evaluating risk sensitivity as a mediating concept

CHADEE, D., AUSTEN, L. and DITTON, J. (2007). The relationship between likelihood and fear of criminal victimisation: evaluating risk sensitivity as a mediating concept. .

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    Abstract

    Crime surveys typically ask respondents how ‘likely’ they think it is that they will become a crime victim in the future. The responses are interpreted here as ‘risk’ statements. An investigation of the risk literature shows the concept to be considerably more complex than at first imagined, but shows that individual risk predictions are largely based on interpretations far removed from rational considerations of likelihood based on recorded crime rates. Responses from three waves of a longitudinal crime survey conducted in Trinidad are examined in this light. It is concluded that fear of criminal victimization might best be considered as differential sensitivity to predicted risk.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in British Journal of Criminology following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version CHADEE, D., AUSTEN, L. and DITTON, J. (2007). The relationship between likelihood and fear of criminal victimisation: evaluating risk sensitivity as a mediating concept. British journal of criminology, 47(1), 133-153. is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azl025
    Research Institute, Centre or Group: Hallam Centre for Community Justice
    Identification Number: 10.1093/bjc/azl025
    Depositing User: Ann Betterton
    Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2009
    Last Modified: 21 Dec 2010 11:31
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/603

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