Weaver, J., & Wakshlag, J. (1986). Perceived vulnerability to crime, criminal victimization experience, and television viewing. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 30 (2), 141-158.

Abstract:  Surveyed 108 undergraduates to examine the relationship between TV viewing and perceptions of personal vulnerability to crime. Ss were classified into 1 of 3 categories of violent crime victimization experience: mediated, interpersonal, or direct. They then completed indices of crime-related anxiety, TV viewing patterns, and experiences with crime. Results show that the strength and direction of associations between viewing of perceptions of vulnerability to crime were contingent on (a) the viewer’s predominant modality or source of criminal victimization experience (mediated, interpersonal, or direct); (b) the type of prime time TV program viewed (crime-related or noncrime-related); and (c) the contextual nature of the perception of personal vulnerability to crime being considered. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved)