International Journal of Research in Environmental Studies
ISSN: 2059-1977
Vol. 5(5), pp. 70-76, September 2018



Fear of crime among university students: A research in Namik Kemal University

Okşan Tandoğan1* and Birol Topçu2

1Namık Kemal Üniversity, Faculty of Fine Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Architecture, Tekirdag, Turkey.
2Namık Kemal Üniversity, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Biostatistics, Tekirdag, Turkey.

*To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: otandogan@nku.edu.tr.

Received 24 July, 2018; Received in revised form 17 August, 2018; Accepted 22 August, 2018.

Abstract


Keywords:
Fear of crime, Sexual victimization, Social problem.


As independent from crime, fear of crime has become a major social and political problem. In this respect, fear of crime has been one of the crucial research topics both in academic researches and political initiatives since the 1960s. Since female university students are at an increased risk of sexual victimization, many studies on fear of crime were carried out with a sample of university students. The prevalence rates of female-college aged victimization are four times higher than other age groups of female. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to address fear of crime among university students and students’ fear of crime were examined in terms of gender and past victimization exposure variables. The study was carried out at Namik Kemal University in Tekirdag province. Face-to-face survey with students randomly and equally chosen from seven universities, three institutions and five vocational schools in the centre campus was conducted. The survey data was analyzed through SPSS program. Categorical variables were coded as frequency and percentage. The Chi square (X2) statistic was used for testing the relationships between categorical variables. The level of significance was taken as p<0.05.

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