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An Experimental Approach Analyzing Who "Sees' Disorder When There is Nothing to "See": Understanding Variance of Perceptions via Personal Characteristics

Abstract Knowing that disorder is related to crime, it has become essential for criminologists to understand how and why certain individuals perceive disorder. Using data from the Perceptions of Neighborhood Disorder and Interpersonal Conflict Project, this study uses a fixed photograph of a neighborhood, to assess whether individuals "see" disorder cues. A final sample size of n=815 respondents were asked to indicate if they saw particular disorder cues in the photograph. The results show that certain personal characteristics do predict whether an individual sees disorder. Because of the experimental design, results are a product of the individual's personal characteristics, not of the respondent's neighborhood. These findings sug... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Scott, Christopher John (Author) / Wallace, Danielle (Advisor) / Katz, Charles (Committee member) / Ready, Justin (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Criminology / Disorder / Neighborhood / Perceptions
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 48 pages
Language English
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Note M.S. Criminology and Criminal Justice 2013
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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