Fear of crime and the media: Assessing the lack of relationship

Chadee, D. and Ditton, J. (2005) Fear of crime and the media: Assessing the lack of relationship. Crime, Media, Culture, 1(3), pp. 322-332. (doi:10.1177/1741659005057643)

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Abstract

A review of available international evidence indicates that crime features regularly in the media. New data shows that this is also true for Trinidad. Elsewhere, it has been shown that newspaper crime news concentrates heavily on infrequently occurring crimes involving sex and/or violence. Crime news on television and radio has not been subject to as much scrutiny, although it has been shown that televised crime drama is noticeably violent. Data from a representative sample of Trinidadian respondents (n = 705) undertaken in 2000 indicate no relationship between media consumption and fear of crime.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Crime, Fear of Crime, Mass Media, Media, Sex, Sex Crimes, Survey Data, Trinidad, Violence
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ditton, Dr Jason
Authors: Chadee, D., and Ditton, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Crime, Media, Culture
ISSN:1741-6590

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