Measuring Disorder: Observer Bias in Systematic Social Observations at Streets and Neighborhoods

The present study focuses on Systematic Social Observation (SSO) as a method to investigate physical and social disorder at different units of analysis. The study contributes to the aggregation bias debate and to the ‘social science of ecological assessment' in two ways: first, by presenting a...

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Published in:Journal of quantitative criminology
Main Author: Hoeben, Evelien (Author)
Other Authors: Pauwels, L. J. R. (Author); Steenbeek, Wouter
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
Published: 2018
In:Journal of quantitative criminology
Year: 2018, Volume: 34, Issue: 1, Pages: 221-249
Online Access: Volltext (Resolving-System)
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Summary:The present study focuses on Systematic Social Observation (SSO) as a method to investigate physical and social disorder at different units of analysis. The study contributes to the aggregation bias debate and to the ‘social science of ecological assessment' in two ways: first, by presenting a new model that directly controls for observer bias in ecological constructs and second, by attempting to identify systematic sources of bias in SSO that affect the valid and reliable measurement of physical and social disorder at both street segments and neighborhoods.
ISSN:1573-7799