Perceptions of Anti-Social Behaviour are driven by processes of interpretation. There is often a mismatch between an objective measure of anti-social behaviour, and perceptions. Based on analysis of available research studies, sourced using a rapid evidence assessment methodology, this report outlines two processes of interpretation that seem to be fundamental in supporting heightened perceptions of Anti-Social Behaviour. First, people use certain ‘shorthand’ ways to judge the level of disorder in an area. Second, perceptions of Anti-Social Behaviour are linked to deeper seated anxieties about the state of society in general, and qualities of neighbourhoods in particular. Interventions that hold the potential to deliver long-lasting reductions in Perceptions of Anti-Social Behaviour are proposed to be rooted in processes of engagement targeted at building empathy and mutual respect.
Victoria University of Wellington
Evidence, Statistics and Trends
Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice