Exploratory study to examine the impact of television reports of prison escapes on fear of crime, operationalised as state anxiety
Fisher, S., Allan, A. and Allan, M.M. (2004) Exploratory study to examine the impact of television reports of prison escapes on fear of crime, operationalised as state anxiety. Australian Journal of Psychology, 56 (3). 181 -190.
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Using an experimental design that is unique in the study of fear of crime, this study compared the impact of different television report formats (standard, reassuring and remote) of a prison escape on fear of crime (operationalised as state anxiety) experienced by a middle-aged (35 - 45 years) and an older group (65 - 75 years) and male and female subjects. The format of television reporting influenced fear of crime, and the effect was the same for men and women, but older people who viewed the standard format, experienced significantly higher levels of fear than middle-aged people. Furthermore, women experienced higher levels of state anxiety than men after viewing the crime reports.
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