Does Fear of Terrorism Differ From Fear of Crime and Sexual Assault: A Question of Geographical Location and Residential Area

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Abstract

The study describes an examination of three types of fear: crime, sexual assault, and terrorism. The sample consisted of 507 adults from three different geographical locations in Israel with different levels of crime and terror attacks. With regard to fear of crime and fear of sexual assault, the results were compatible with the findings of many studies that indicate the effect of residential area features on levels of fear. Fear of terrorism was found to be more complex. The theoretical framework used to assess fear of crime is not fully suitable for assessing and examining fear of terrorism. Other variables should be taken into consideration, such as religion and ideology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)806-826
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Volume62
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2018

Keywords

  • crime
  • fear
  • residential area
  • sexual assault
  • terrorism

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Applied Psychology

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