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Fear of Crime Among Vulnerable Populations: Homeless Women

Fear of Crime Among Vulnerable Populations: Homeless Women Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless, Vol. 2, No. 1, 1993 Fear of Crime Among Vulnerable Populations: Homeless Women 1 3 Charisse T. M. Coston • and James 0. Finckenauer2 Are the factors associated with the fear of crime in the general population the same as those operating with especially vulnerable subgroups? If not, how and why are they different? Previous studies concerning the fear of crime have identified certain vulnerability factors as being associated with higher levels of fear. These include, for instance, being female, living in certain ghetto areas, and being elderly. Because many of these studies focused upon fear in the general population, however, they assumed a certain homogeneity of fear, whether it be among women, among the elderly, among Blacks, etc. They failed to make distinctions based upon relative degrees of vulnerability. They also generally neglected the notion of fear management-of coping. This research addresses these concerns. Two hundred homeless women (defined here as homeless adult females living on the streets), were interviewed in New York City. Among other things, they were asked about their crime risks and their crime fears. Results indicate that fear of crime is higher among those street women who http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Social Distress and Homeless Taylor & Francis

Fear of Crime Among Vulnerable Populations: Homeless Women

Fear of Crime Among Vulnerable Populations: Homeless Women

Abstract

Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless, Vol. 2, No. 1, 1993 Fear of Crime Among Vulnerable Populations: Homeless Women 1 3 Charisse T. M. Coston • and James 0. Finckenauer2 Are the factors associated with the fear of crime in the general population the same as those operating with especially vulnerable subgroups? If not, how and why are they different? Previous studies concerning the fear of crime have identified certain vulnerability factors as being associated with higher levels...
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Taylor & Francis
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Copyright 1993 Taylor and Francis Group LLC
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1573-658X
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1053-0789
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10.1007/BF01072429
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Abstract

Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless, Vol. 2, No. 1, 1993 Fear of Crime Among Vulnerable Populations: Homeless Women 1 3 Charisse T. M. Coston • and James 0. Finckenauer2 Are the factors associated with the fear of crime in the general population the same as those operating with especially vulnerable subgroups? If not, how and why are they different? Previous studies concerning the fear of crime have identified certain vulnerability factors as being associated with higher levels of fear. These include, for instance, being female, living in certain ghetto areas, and being elderly. Because many of these studies focused upon fear in the general population, however, they assumed a certain homogeneity of fear, whether it be among women, among the elderly, among Blacks, etc. They failed to make distinctions based upon relative degrees of vulnerability. They also generally neglected the notion of fear management-of coping. This research addresses these concerns. Two hundred homeless women (defined here as homeless adult females living on the streets), were interviewed in New York City. Among other things, they were asked about their crime risks and their crime fears. Results indicate that fear of crime is higher among those street women who

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Journal of Social Distress and HomelessTaylor & Francis

Published: Jan 1, 1993

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