Perceived neighborhood crime and health: a multilevel analysis for Turkey

Tekin Kose, Nur Orak

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Crime has notable impacts on health outcomes of individuals through various pathways. This study aims to explore relationships between perceived neighborhood crime and health statuses of individuals in Turkey.

This study combines individual- and household-level data from a national household survey and regional-level data for empirical analyses. A multilevel estimation framework is used for quantification of associations between a perceived neighborhood crime indicator and an individual-level health status index.

Empirical findings indicate that perceived neighborhood crime level has a negative relationship with health indexes of Turkish individuals. Additionally, health index is significantly associated with individual- and household-level covariates.

Practical implications
Public policies for health and safety improvements should consider heterogeneities in characteristics of individuals and households in developing regions of the world.

Earlier findings on associations of crime and health measures mostly rely on evidence from developed regions of the world. This research complements the related literature by providing empirical analysis of associations between perceived neighborhood crime and health outcomes for a developing country, Turkey.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-259
Number of pages17
JournalSafer Communities
Issue number4
Early online date21 Jul 2022
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2022


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