CSR Research Affiliates explore the interactive effects of characteristics of the social and physical environment on aggravated assault

June 1, 2018

 

 

 

Prior studies have largely focused on socioeconomic and demographic correlates of neighborhood crime rates. A largely distinct literature has highlighted the criminogenic influence of the built environment. Recently, Drawve and Thomas (2016) cross-pollinated these literatures and demonstrated that, controlling for structural socioeconomic disadvantage, an aggregated neighborhood risk of crime (ANROC) measure capturing the influence of the built environment has a strong and robust influence on neighborhood crime rates.

 

Instead of viewing variation in crime as a product of social factors or characteristics of the built environment, Thomas and Drawve’s (2018) new study explores an interactive model viewing crime as a product of social factors and the built environment. Results of their block-group level analyses of a single city suggest that the influence of the ANROC measure is contingent upon levels of socioeconomic disadvantage in the neighborhood at-large.

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