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The Relationship Between Guardianship and Crime : The Impact of SES on Guardianship

Bruin, K.W. de (2023) The Relationship Between Guardianship and Crime : The Impact of SES on Guardianship.

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Abstract:Although the number of residential burglaries has decreased in the past few years (Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek [CBS], n.d.), it still is one of the most occurring crimes in the Netherlands (CBS Statline, n.d.). This paper studies the relationship between the socioeconomic status (SES) where individuals currently reside and neighbourhood guardianship. An online survey comprised 53 participants, mainly from the Netherlands and Germany. The survey included an experimental manipulation exposing the participants to four guardianship levels in a low and high SES neighbourhood. Moreover, the willingness and collective efficacy of the participants to participate in guardianship in the different neighbourhoods alongside the neighbourhoods they are currently residing in was measured. However, no significant relationship between the variables was found, indicating no relationship between the variables SES, collective efficacy, willingness, and guardianship. Possible additions for future research could be adding variables such as neighbourhood density and social interactions among neighbours.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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