Perceptions of community safety: exposure to community violence in a low risk Australian population

Anderson, Stacey, and Kidd, Garry (2014) Perceptions of community safety: exposure to community violence in a low risk Australian population. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 4 (8(1)). pp. 63-73.

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Abstract

This investigation was primarily concerned with individual perceptions of community safety. We examined the influence of exposure to community violence, cognitive coping styles, gender, and personality constructs on perceptions of community safety among 279 adults (76 males and 203 females; mean age = 27.8 years) in regional Queensland, Australia. The results indicated that males exposed to high levels of community violence were significantly more likely to perceive their community as unsafe compared to males exposed to lower levels of violence. In contrast, females who had been exposed to higher levels of community violence did not perceive their community to be less safe. Moreover, while females were more likely to perceive they had social support, there was no evident relationship between social support and community safety for either females or males in the studied group.

Item ID: 33709
Item Type: Article (Scholarly Work)
ISSN: 2221-0989
Keywords: safety, community safety, coping, social support, violence, crime
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2014 22:30
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170104 Forensic Psychology @ 70%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology @ 30%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9499 Other Law, Politics and Community Services > 949999 Law, Politics and Community Services not elsewhere classified @ 20%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 80%
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