Fear of Crime—Chicago Youth Development Study

How afraid are you of being attacked or robbed …
1. At home in your house or apartment?
2. On the streets of your neighborhood during the day?
3. Out alone at night in your neighborhood?
4. Out with other people at night in your neighborhood?
Has a fear of crime caused you to…
5. Limit the places or the times that you go shopping?
6. Limit the places or the times that you will work?
7. Limit the places that you will go by yourself?
8. Purchase a weapon for self-protection?
9. Install a home security system or install protective devices such as bars on the windows‚ buzzers on windows and/or doors‚ etc.?
10. Move to a different place to live?
11. Do you have a rifle in your home?
12. Do you have a shotgun in your home?
13. Do you have a handgun in your home?
  • violent crime
  • neighborhood
 This instrument can be found on pages 341-342 of Measuring Violence-Related Attitudes‚ Behaviors‚ and Influences Among Youths: A Compendium of Assessment Tools‚ available online at: http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/YV_Compendium.pdf
Point values are assigned as follows:
Items 1-4:
Not fearful=1‚ A little fearful=2‚ Somewhat fearful=3‚ Very fearful=4
Items 5-13:
No=0‚ Yes=1
Point values are summed and then divided by the number of items.
Fear of Crime: Compute the mean score of items 1‚ 2‚ 3 and 4.
Measures Taken To Cope with Fear of Crime: Compute the mean score of items 5-10. Items 11-13 are retained to assess firearm ownership..

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