Student Mentorship

The effect of residence and socio-economic status on perceptions of crime

Faculty Advisor for Katlyn Speary (Class of 2013, Department of Sociology and Anthropology)


The purpose of this research is to examine the extent to which an individual’s residential location and socio-economic status affects their perception of crime within Pennsylvania. Based on previous research, it is expected that individuals with a higher socio-economic status will have a more misconstrued perception of crime in comparison to lower socio-economic status individuals. This study will be conducted through the use of an online survey that contains approximately 30 questions. Participants for this study will be from 27 colleges/universities throughout Pennsylvania, which will be selected through cluster sampling. It is expected that there will be at least 500 participants, all of which will be over the age of 18, give informed consent, and be faculty or staff members of the selected schools. Participants will be invited to participate in the survey through email and will have two weeks to complete the questionnaire on SurveyMonkey. The email list of the faculty will be obtained from the Dean of Faculty at every selected school. The results of this research will allow for a greater understanding of crime perception in varying socio-economic statuses and demonstrate the factors that lead to such perception