Quality & Quantity

, Volume 44, Issue 2, pp 303–314 | Cite as

Perceived insecurity in the public space: personal, social and environmental variables



Perceived insecurity in the public space: Personal, social and environmental variables. This paper explores perception of insecurity among the users of Barcelona’s public space. It describes the results of a research aimed to determine the key variables for the understanding of subjective insecurity. Structural equation models have been applied for this purpose. Results show low relative indices of causality for environmental variables, whereas those related to space representation, residential satisfaction and urban identity, social support and personal competences offer high predictive potential. It is concluded that insecurity perceptions in the public space are therefore strongly linked to social interaction processes and to the social construction of insecurity. Other results, like the influence of gender or age, are consistent with previous findings.


Subjective insecurity Public Space Representations of dangerous places Social construction of insecurity Risk perception Fear of crime 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social Psychology, School of PsychologyUniversity of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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