The Development and Evaluation of a Model Crime Prevention Education Program for the Elderly

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Educational Studies and Research

First Advisor

W. Lee Pierce

Advisor Department

Educational Studies and Research


Experts in the field of crime prevention and the elderly were polled to determine what they believed to be the most desirable elements of a crime prevention program for elderly adults. The researcher identified any significant differences that existed between the experimental group and a waiting-list group on the variables of level of knowledge about crime and the elderly, level of fear of victimization, and the extent to which the subjects felt comfort in dealing with law enforcement agencies. As a result of participation in the model program, members of the experimental group experienced significant increases in knowledge about crime involving the elderly and also experienced significant decreases in their levels of fear of victimization, while members of the waiting-list group experienced no change.