Public perceptions of offender dangerousness – Views of young adults in the UK

Wood, Joanne and Francis, Brian (2007) Public perceptions of offender dangerousness – Views of young adults in the UK. NCRM Working Paper. ESRC National Centre for Research Methods. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Much has been written about the fear of crime experienced by the public, but less is understood about the public perceptions of what constitutes a dangerous offender. This experimental study explores this issue using conjoint analysis -an innovative methodological approach in criminology. Analysis using a random effects ordinal logistic regression model allowed determination of those factors deemed by young adults to be of relevance to the assessment and management of dangerous offenders. The significant factors identified as relevant to perceptions of dangerousness and the need to monitor such offenders closely were: schizophrenia, a previous history of a sexual conviction, a violent conviction or robbery. The victim target group was also relevant. Using the research methodologies described, it was possible to demonstrate that in making these decisions, young adults are able to apply a systematic approach to discriminate between a range of risk factors.

Item Type:Working Paper (NCRM Working Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Risk assessment, dangerousness, violent offenders, ordinal regression, random effects, conjoint analysis, NCRMpublication
Subjects:1. Frameworks for Research and Research Designs > 1.24 Frameworks for Research and Research Designs (other)
5. Quantitative Data Handling and Data Analysis > 5.5 Regression Methods
5. Quantitative Data Handling and Data Analysis > 5.17 Quantitative Approaches (other)
ID Code:471
Deposited By: NCRM users
Deposited On:05 Dec 2008 18:30
Last Modified:12 Oct 2010 17:39

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