Crime News Consumption and Fear of Violence: The Role of Traditional Media, Social Media, and Alternative Information Sources

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In this article, we examine the correlates of fear of violence in the cross-media landscape. The study draws on the Finnish National Crime Victim Survey (n = 6,141, respondents aged 15-74 years). First, we examine from what information and media sources respondents receive information on violent crime. We then examine how consumption of different types of media and information sources on violent crime associates with the contemporary experience of fear of street violence, avoidance behavior due to threat of violence, and perceived threat of terrorism to oneself. We also examine whether this association remains when age, gender, education, past victimization, and economic strain are adjusted for.

Original languageEnglish
Article number0011128720922539
JournalCrime & Delinquency
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)574-600
Number of pages27
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 5141 Sociology
  • fear of violence
  • avoidance behavior
  • perceiving terrorism as a threat to oneself
  • violent crime news consumption
  • cross-media

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