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Attitudes Towards Youth Crime and Willingness to Intervene: Findings from the 2006 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey

Published: 4 Feb 2008
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This report presents findings from a module of questions included in the 2006 Scottish Social Attitudes survey and revisits a theme first addressed by survey in 2004, namely public attitudes towards young people and youth crime.

Attitudes Towards Youth Crime and Willingness to Intervene: Findings from the 2006 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey


1. The precise figure given for response rates depends on whether dwelling units whose eligibility to participate was unknown are included or excluded from the calculation. Dwelling units are coded as 'unknown eligibility' where the interviewer is unable to establish whether the property is occupied and residential. The higher response rate excludes dwelling units of unknown eligibility from the calculation, while the lower rate includes them. As some of the dwelling units whose eligibility was unknown are likely to be eligible and some ineligible, the true response rate probably lies somewhere between the two figures. For further details on response rate calculations, see the technical report.

2. Participants' postcodes were linked to an area-based indicator of deprivation - the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation ( SIMD) 2006. See Annex A for further details. for further details on the SIMD

3. This analysis is based on the Scottish Government's Urban-Rural Classification which takes account of both the population size of a 'settlement' and, in the case of smaller settlements, how long it would take to drive to a settlement of at least 10,000 people. It is a six-fold classification that ranges from large urban areas to remote rural ones. See and Annex A for further details.

4. It should be noted, though, that the extent to which older people are 'prisoners of fear' is often over-stated. Although they are more likely than younger groups to indicate that they would feel unsafe walking alone in their area after dark, on other measures, such as worry about specific forms of victimisation or perceptions of its likelihood, they differ little from other age groups (see Anderson, 1998).

5. Although this relationship is not obvious in bivariate analysis (crosstabulation), multivariate analysis suggests that social renters are in fact more likely to say they would be 'not bothered at all' in such a situation.

6. Respondents were asked to choose their answers from a pre-coded list of response options (showcard). A copy of the full questionnaire is available from the research team.

7. The Scottish Centre for Social Research was formed in February 2004 as the result of a merger between The National Centre's existing organisation within Scotland and Scottish Health Feedback, an independent research consultancy.

8. Lynn, Peter, et al (2001) Recommended standard final outcome categories and standard definitions of response rates for social surveys, Institute for Social and Economic Research

9. See for further details on the SIMD