Are Elderly Men Worried About Crime?

Are Elderly Men Worried About Crime?

Are Elderly Men Worried About Crime?

Are Elderly Men Worried About Crime?s

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Référence bibliographique [2777]

Beaulieu, Marie, Dubé, Micheline, Bergeron, Christian et Cousineau, Marie-Marthe. 2007. «Are Elderly Men Worried About Crime? ». Journal of Aging Studies, vol. 21, no 4, p. 336-346.

Fiche synthèse

1. Objectifs

Intentions :
« The objective of the current article is to develop a better comprehension of worry about victimization among elderly men 60 years of age and over in Quebec (Canada). » (p.339)

2. Méthode

Échantillon/Matériau :
« The data for this study come from a multi-center research project on criminal insecurities among the elderly that was conducted by mail questionnaires in 2005 and 2006, in three cities (one large: Montréal, 1.8 million inhabitants; and two mid-size: Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivières, around 150000 inhabitants) of Quebec (Canada). [...] Only data from the male respondents (N=156) were retained for the current article. » (p.339)

Instruments :
Questionnaire : adaptation française du questionnaire Worry About Victimization (WAV, Williams et al., 2000).
Plusieurs échelles pour mesurer les dimensions comportementale, cognitive et émotionnelle de l’inquiétude (BEHAVE1, BEHAVE2, PERRISK, WORRY, Geriatric Depression Scale, etc.)

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse statistique

3. Résumé

This article aims at « [...] identifying the variables that best predict the risk of being troubled with this worry [about victimization] and seeing whether the same variables are implicated for each dimension (cognitive, emotional, behavioural). The predictor variables retained are age group, size of municipality (metropolis or mid-size city), level of education, type of lodging, prior victimization, health, depression, and social support. Particular attention was given to different age cohorts and to variables measuring, amongst other things, physical and social vulnerability. » (p.339) Amoung their results, the authors observe that « [...] the precautions taken for activities outside the home are associated with living alone (five times the risk as those living with one or more family members) and having previously been victim of crime (eight times the risk as those who were never victims). » (p.343) « Even if, for many researchers, worry about crime constitutes a theme almost uniquely feminine, we are now convinced that men can be more and more vulnerable, at least emotionally, as they age. » (p.344)