Media Consumption, Perceptions of Crime Risk and Fear of Crime: Examining Race/Ethnic Differences

  title={Media Consumption, Perceptions of Crime Risk and Fear of Crime: Examining Race/Ethnic Differences},
  author={Valerie J. Callanan},
  journal={Sociological Perspectives},
  pages={115 - 93}
  • V. Callanan
  • Published 1 March 2012
  • Law
  • Sociological Perspectives
This study compares the impact of multiple forms of crime-related media across white, Latino, and African American respondents on their perception of crime risk in their neighborhoods and fear of crime, using a state-wide survey of 3,712 Californians. The findings indicate some difference in the impact of crime-related media by different media forms and across race/ethnic groups. Consumption of local television news significantly elevated perceptions of risk and fear of crime for all groups… 

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