Suspicious minds: Can features of the local neighbourhood ease parents' fears about stranger danger?

Foster, S, Wood, L, Francis, J, Knuiman, M, Villanueva, K and Giles-Corti, B 2015, 'Suspicious minds: Can features of the local neighbourhood ease parents' fears about stranger danger?', Journal of Environmental Psychology, vol. 42, pp. 48-56.


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Title Suspicious minds: Can features of the local neighbourhood ease parents' fears about stranger danger?
Author(s) Foster, S
Wood, L
Francis, J
Knuiman, M
Villanueva, K
Giles-Corti, B
Year 2015
Journal name Journal of Environmental Psychology
Volume number 42
Start page 48
End page 56
Total pages 9
Publisher Academic Press
Abstract Declines in children's independent mobility are frequently attributed to parents' fears about stranger danger, yet there is limited understanding of the factors that might aggravate (or ease) these concerns. We examined the social and built environment correlates of parents': (1) fears about strangers harming their child; and (2) perceptions of the likelihood this would actually happen. We also tested whether associations differed by area socio-economic status (SES) as parents in low income neighbourhoods, typically with more crime, may hold greater fears for their children's safety. Results suggest that regardless of SES, neighbourhood features that encouraged pedestrians, whilst minimising vehicle traffic, were most conducive to parents perceiving a safer neighbourhood. The natural surveillance generated by a more walkable neighbourhood may help alleviate parents' fears about strangers.
Subject Epidemiology
Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Area socio-economic status
Built environment
Children
Fear of crime
Neighbourhood
Perceived crime risk
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.jenvp.2015.02.001
Copyright notice © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN 0272-4944
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