Acculturation and fear of crime among Hispanics
Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice
Fear of crime has attracted significant attention in academic research. One area that has largely been overlooked concerns fear of crime correlates among Hispanics, the largest ethnic minority group in the United States. Their unique cultural background as immigrants make them different from Non-Hispanic Whites and African Americans, and they all go through the acculturation process to some degree. However, the influence of acculturation has seldom been incorporated into the analysis. The current study attempts to use the acculturation thesis to examine two different types of fear among Hispanic residents in Houston, Texas. The findings suggest that acculturation is a significant predictor of crime-specific fear at home, but not of fear of crime in the neighborhood.
Luo, Fei and Zhao, Jihong Solomon, "Acculturation and fear of crime among Hispanics" (2017). Social Sciences Faculty Publications. 67.