American Journal of Criminal Justice

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 181-188

First online:

Individual neighborhood attachment and perceptions of neighborhood safety

  • Matt DelisiAffiliated withIowa State University
  • , Bob RegoliAffiliated withDepartment of Sociology, University of Colorado

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Macrostructural research in the social disorganization tradition assumes neighborhood structure dictates individual behavior. The current research explores the opposite perspective to determine whether individual attachment to the neighborhood influences perceptions of neighborhood safety. Using the Chicago Metropolitan Area Survey, the results show that loners, persons wishing to move, and renters perceive their neighborhoods as being less safe than attached residents. Implications for future research are offered.