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Kentucky State Victimization Survey 2018: Victimization Scale

Show simple item record Wu, Xian Sampson, Shannon Bradley, Kelly 2019-08-19T17:15:29Z 2019-08-19T17:15:29Z 2018
dc.identifier.citation Wu, Xian; Sampson, Shannon; Bradley, Kelly. (2018). Kentucky State Victimization Survey 2018: Victimization Scale. University of Kentucky, 38 pgs. en_US
dc.description.abstract The Kentucky Statewide Victimization Survey (KSVS) is a regional crime victimization survey instrument that is designed to accurately measure the criminal victimization experiences of adults residing within Kentucky. Its purpose is to help understand how reliable and valid official sources of data are within Kentucky, to distinguish the circumstances and risk factors that may influence the likelihood of criminal victimization within the Commonwealth, and to help clarify criminal victimization experiences that were not provided from other resources (e.g., national estimates) for providing a complete picture of criminal victimization within the state. Furthermore, the KSVS considers homeless individuals, who are often overlooked by crime victimization surveys. As homeless, transient, and other unstably housed individuals experience a unique type(s) of victimization (Wenzel, Koegel, & Gelberg, 2000), the KSVS was modified to accommodate these groups. This survey also provides respondents with contact information for a mental health professional that can assess needs, provide telephone-based support, and, if needed, provide resources for longer-term follow up within their own community. Beyond an overall look at victimization, sub-constructs included on the instrument are: Perceptions of Risk, Property Offenses, Interpersonal Threat Characteristics, Sources of Violent Crime, Law Enforcement Performance, and Community Resource Utilization. This report first addresses victimization as a general scale to examine its psychometric qualities. It contains 33 dichotomous (yes/no) items that are related to Property Offenses and Interpersonal Threat Characteristics. These items were developed to measure the incidence of victimization for different types of crime during the past 12 months. Rasch analysis was utilized to examine psychometric qualities of the victimization scale. Before running the analysis, the dataset required minimal cleaning to replace coded missing data with an empty cell: the code “9” indicates that a valid missing in the raw data was removed, and the codes “2”, “11”, and “12” indicate that invalid missing were also removed. The initial analysis was conducted using all 8,520 respondents. Of these respondents, almost 2/3 answered “no” to every item, and that skewed distribution and inhibited the evaluation of the scale. In order to run meaningful psychometric analyses, we removed the all “no” respondents for this evaluation, and used the 3,231 (38%) respondents who experienced at least one type of victimization during the past 12 months. (Author Text) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Kentucky en_US
dc.subject Instrument Validation en_US
dc.subject Measurement en_US
dc.subject Psychometrics en_US
dc.subject Data Quality en_US
dc.subject Research Questions en_US
dc.subject Research Design en_US
dc.subject Victimization en_US
dc.subject Prevalence en_US
dc.subject Survey Tool en_US
dc.subject Violent Crime en_US
dc.subject Property Crime en_US
dc.subject Resource Needs en_US
dc.subject Help Seeking en_US
dc.subject Community Perceptions en_US
dc.subject Law Enforcement en_US
dc.subject Statistical Analysis Center en_US
dc.title Kentucky State Victimization Survey 2018: Victimization Scale en_US
dc.type Technical Report en_US

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