Monday, April 7, 2014
Jonathan Jackson and Ioanna Gouseti (London School of Economics & Political Science - Department of Methodology and London School of Economics & Political Science - Department of Methodology) have posted Threatened by Violence? Psychological Links between Victimization, Perceived Risk and Fear of Stranger Violence on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
A good deal of research shows a strong empirical link between violent victimization experience and fear of violent crime, yet we lack a convincing account of how exactly victimization elevates emotional appraisal of risk. Drawing on data from a national survey of three European countries (Italy, Bulgaria and Lithuania), we show a complex pattern of associations between (a) primary and secondary victimization, (b) perceptions of the likelihood, controllability and consequences of violent victimization, and (c) worry about future victimization. We also find that people’s desire for predictability, order and structure strengthens the estimated effects of secondary victimization on perceived likelihood and worry about victimization. People who prefer order and dislike ambiguity seem to be especially troubled by local incidents of interpersonal violence. We finish with some thoughts on future work into the psychology of the fear of crime.