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Violent Victimization: Perceptions and Preventive Behaviors Among Young Adults

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Objective: To investigate factors associated with the practice of preventive behaviors against violent victimization in the community utilizing Health Belief Model concepts. Methods: Two hundred and fifteen participants, aged 18-24 years, were sampled from 2 collegiate institutions in the Midwest. Results: Of the sample, 27% reported practicing preventive behaviors against violent crime victimization regularly. Predictors of practicing violent crime preventive behaviors included female gender, perceived benefits to practicing preventive behaviors, perceived barriers to practicing preventive behaviors, and personal history of violent victimization. Conclusion: Individual factors and policy issues should be addressed by health educators with regard to violent crime prevention.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Topeka, KS. 2: University of Kansas Medical Center, Department of Preventive Medicine, Kansas City, KS.

Publication date: March 1, 2000

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