Two previously released data collections from ICPSR are
combined in this dataset: CHARACTERISTICS OF HIGH AND LOW CRIME
NEIGHBORHOODS IN ATLANTA, 1980 (ICPSR 7951) and CRIME FACTORS AND
NEIGHBORHOOD DECLINE IN CHICAGO, 1979 (ICPSR 7952). Information for
ICPSR 7951 was obtained from 523 residents interviewed in six selected
neighborhoods in Atlanta, Georgia. A research team from the Research
Triangle Institute sampled and surveyed the residents. ICPSR 7952
contains 3,310 interviews of Chicago residents in eight selected
neighborhoods. The combined data collection contains variables on
topics such as residents' demographics and socioeconomic status,
personal crime rates, property crime rates, neighborhood crime rates,
and neighborhood characteristics. The documentation contains three
pieces of information for each variable: variable reference numbers
for both the Atlanta and Chicago datasets, the complete wording of the
questions put to the respondents of each survey, and the exact wording of
the coding schemes adopted by the researchers.
Spelman, William. Reactions to Crime in Atlanta and Chicago, 1979-1980 . ICPSR08215-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1997. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08215.v2
Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08215.v2
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- EndNote XML (EndNote X4.0.1 or higher)
This study was funded by:
- United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (82-IJ-CX-P254)
Scope of Study
fear of crime,
reactions to crime
Chicago data: Eight neighborhoods in Chicago. Atlanta data: Three
pairs of adjacent neighborhoods in Atlanta, Georgia.
Data Collection Notes:
The codebook is provided as a Portable Document
Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems
Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe
Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through
the ICPSR Website on the Internet.
Chicago data: Eight Chicago neighborhoods were selected
for the study on the basis of high or low crime rates, stable or
changing racial composition, and slowly or rapidly appreciating
property values. Respondents from each of the eight neighborhoods were
selected on the basis of random-digit dialing and screened for street
name and block number. Atlanta data: Stratified random sample of
Chicago data: telephone interviews, Atlanta data: personal
Extent of Processing: ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of
disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major
statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to
these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:
Standardized missing values.
Original ICPSR Release: 1985-01-11
- 2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one
or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well
as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable,
and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to
reflect these additions.
- 1998-04-28 SAS and SPSS data definition statements are now
available for this collection. Also, missing data codes have been
standardized and data and documentation have been
reformatted. The codebook is now available as a PDF file.
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