Date of Award

Summer 2012

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology & Criminal Justice


Applied Sociology

Committee Director

Ruth Triplett

Committee Director

Randy Gainey

Committee Member

Allison Chappell Maggard

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.S62 C46 2012


Past research has shown that race is an important factor in predicting satisfaction with the police. Past research, however, has been inconclusive as to why this is such a significant variable. This study is designed to see if quality of life and fear of crime differences by race help explain the race and police satisfaction relationship. Data for this study comes from the "Criminal Victimization" Survey (Smith, S. K., Steadman, G.W., Minton, T. D., & Townsend, M. and 1999). The results conclude that quality of life, physical disorder and fear of crime help mediate the relationship between race and satisfaction with police, but do not fully explain why African Americans are less satisfied with the police than their white counterparts.


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