Title

Determinants of perceived safety among the elderly: An exploratory study

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Journal of Gerontological Social Work

ISSN

0163-4372

Volume

38

Issue

3

DOI

10.1300/J083v38n03_05

First Page

73

Last Page

83

Publication Date

1-1-2002

Abstract

A survey of randomly selected elderly residents (N = 301) of a largely rural county in Northwest Ohio sought to explore the perception of the fear of crime victimization. Those who participated in the study were asked a series of questions about their community, actual experiences of crime victimization, perception of fear related to victimization, and social support. Logistic regression analyses were computed to explore perceptions of neighborhood safety. Most participants reported limited experiences of victimization. As expected, in this rural environment, there was more reliance on informal supports and limited use of existing formal services.