Social Indicators Research

, Volume 50, Issue 3, pp 245–295 | Cite as

Criminal Victimization and the Quality of Life

  • Alex C. Michalos
  • Bruno D. Zumbo


The aim of this investigation was to explain theimpact of crime-related issues on satisfaction withthe quality of life, satisfaction with life as a wholeand happiness in the city of Prince George, BritishColumbia. As explanatory variables, we had measures ofrespondent fears of and actual cases of victimization, Indexes of Neighbourhood Problems, PolicePerformance, Neighbourhood Worries, DefensiveBehaviour, beliefs about increases in local crime,satisfaction with personal and family safety, andsatisfaction with a variety of domains of life (e.g.,friendships, financial security, health). Collectivelysuch variables could explain only 5% of the variationin happiness scores, 7% of the variation in lifesatisfaction scores and 9% of the variation insatisfaction with the quality of life scores. However,they could explain 38% of the variation in overallneighbourhood satisfaction scores. When measures ofsatisfaction with family life, health, self-esteem,etc. were added, we found that crime related issueswere simply displaced by the other measures and thatwe could explain 31% of the variation in overallhappiness scores, 58% of the variation in lifesatisfaction scores and 59% of the variation insatisfaction with the overall quality of life scores. We conclude, therefore, that crime-related issues haverelatively little impact on people’s satisfaction withthe quality of their lives, with life satisfaction orhappiness here.


Explanatory Variable Life Satisfaction Family Life Satisfaction Score Actual Case 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alex C. Michalos
    • 1
  • Bruno D. Zumbo
    • 2
  1. 1.College of Arts, Social and Health SciencesUniversity of Northern British ColumbiaPrince George
  2. 2.College of Arts, Social and Health SciencesUniversity of Northern British ColumbiaPrince George

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