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A configurative synthesis of evidence for fear in the criminal decision-making process

Gill, P; Tompson, L; Marchment, Z; Hetzel, F; Zolghadriha, S; Sidebottom, A; (2020) A configurative synthesis of evidence for fear in the criminal decision-making process. Security Journal , 33 pp. 581-601. 10.1057/s41284-019-00201-w. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper reviews what previous research has found on the role of fear and other associated feelings in the criminal decision-making process, and the techniques that might plausibly amplify such emotions so as to reduce or disrupt intent. To this aim, we conduct a systematic review of the offender decision-making literature (23 studies), incorporating a qualitative synthesis of the role of fear in the criminal decision-making process. The results section is formed of six parts based on dominant themes identified in our eligible studies, namely evidence of fear in offender decision-making, the presumed sources of fear, variation in levels and/or the effect of fear across offenders, the specific role of fear across aspects of the crime process (before, during, after), the results of fear and offender fear management processes. We conclude with a discussion of the implication for crime prevention policies.

Type: Article
Title: A configurative synthesis of evidence for fear in the criminal decision-making process
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1057/s41284-019-00201-w
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1057/s41284-019-00201-w
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions. - With correction issued 29 October 2019 (https://doi.org/10.1057/s41284-019-00214-5) relating to research funding.
Keywords: Offender, decision-making, Fear, Systematic review, Configurative synthesis, Fear management
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10082643
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