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Risk perception as mediator in perceptions of neighbourhood disorder and safety about victimisation

Acuña-Rivera, M, Uzzell, D and Brown, J (2014) Risk perception as mediator in perceptions of neighbourhood disorder and safety about victimisation Journal of Environmental Psychology, 40. pp. 64-75.

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Abstract

This paper tested a new conceptual model suggesting that risk perception is a significant mediator between perceived neighbourhood disorder and a sense of (un)safety. Three components of risk perception were evaluated: perceived vulnerability, controllability and probability of occurrence of specific offences. Using photo-simulation, three places with different levels of physical and social disorder were created and 120 British students rated the level of disorder, risk and safety of each place. Results showed that risk perception partially mediated the relationship between perceived disorder and safety. Perceived vulnerability was the strongest predictor and mediator in all three places but most significantly in the degraded place. Findings indicated that the more disordered a place is perceived the more a person relies on the perception of risk to estimate how safe she or he might be. Investigating the interpretive processes that occur when people estimate risk and safety, is crucial.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
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Acuña-Rivera, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Uzzell, DUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Brown, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : December 2014
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.jenvp.2014.05.002
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Additional Information : NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in <b>Journal of Environmental Psychology</b>. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in <b>Journal of Environmental Psychology, 40:64-75, December 2014, DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2014.05.002
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 24 Jun 2014 13:32
Last Modified : 24 Jul 2015 10:57
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/805644

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