Fear of gangs: A test of alternative theoretical models

Charles Katz, Vincent Webb, Todd A. Armstrong

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On the basis of data on 800 randomly selected residents in a large southwestern metropolitan city, we assess the influence of four theoretical models on fear of crime and fear of gangs. In doing so, we compare general fear of crime to specific fear of gangs to delineate whether the same factors influence each or whether different fears are the product of different factors. The results indicate that while many of the factors that influence fear of crime and fear of gangs are similar, there are significant differences in the magnitude in which these factors influence our measures of fear.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-130
Number of pages36
JournalJustice Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law


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