n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Exposure to crime as an indicator of family well-being

Volume 13, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



Postapartheid South Africa is going through a period in its history where excessively high levels of crime are being experienced. This "bull-run" in crime is of great concern to citizens as well as those societal systems that have to ensure safety and security. There is also concern about the impact of crime on the core socialisation unit in society, namely the family. The increased potential of being exposed to crime and being traumatized in the process has led to serious concern about the ability of the family to continue with its role as primary socialisation institution. This concern has prompted the author to conduct research on the impact of crime on family well-being. One objective of this research is to establish a correlation between exposure to crime and various social functioning aspects of family life. A second objective is to determine if exposure to crime would be a significant indicator of dysfunction in family life. The argument in this case is to determine a causal link between the independent variable of exposure to crime and the dependent variable of family social functioning.

Loading full text...

Full text loading...


Article metrics loading...


This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error