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Predictors of Fear and Risk of Terrorism in a Rural State
International Journal of Rural Criminology (2011)
  • David May, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Joe Herbert, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Kelly Cline, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Ashley Nellis
Abstract
This article examines attitudes about terrorism utilizing criminological literature about fear of crime and perceived risk of victimization and data from a statewide survey of 1,617 adults in Kentucky. Measures of both fear of terrorism and perceived risk of terrorism were geography based. The demographic variables had minimal impact on both perceived risk of terrorism and fear of terrorism, although gender was significantly related to both, suggesting a link based on socialization experiences of men and women. Although rural residence had a small but statistically significant relationship to perceived risk, it was not related to fear. The strongest predictor of fear was perceived risk itself, which mirrors research on the close association of fear of crime and perceived risk to victimization.
Keywords
  • Terrorism,
  • Fear of Crime,
  • Perceived Risk
Publication Date
December, 2011
Citation Information
David May, Joe Herbert, Kelly Cline and Ashley Nellis. "Predictors of Fear and Risk of Terrorism in a Rural State" International Journal of Rural Criminology Vol. 11 (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/david_may/20/