Harrogate Feminists

Relationship between respondent age and nature of responses

There was no significant linear association of any of these behaviours with age, but Figure 6 suggests that individuals in their thirties appear to feel safest, whereas those older and younger than this feel relatively less safe. Age categories are collapsed into fewer categories than given in the original questionnaire, due to small numbers in certain age groups (Table 2). Figures 6 and 7 show the breakdown of some of the responses by age. A relatively high proportion of responses from under-30s related to towns and cities other than Harrogate, so in Figure 7 and the lower panel of Figure 6 responses are restricted to those relating only to Harrogate.

The general trend is that the highest rates of behaviour change is seen in the 40-60 age range, whereas feelings of being unsafe appear to increase with age throughout the range studied.

Figure 6. Relationship between avoidance of going out at night and age (both male and female respondents): all responses (upper panel) and in responses relating to Harrogate (lower panel).

Figure 7. Relationship between age and: any change of behaviour to avoid harassment (upper panel) and mean score for feeling unsafe at night (lower panel). In the lower panel, responses to the questionnaire are coded: 0=very safe, 1=quite safe, 2=neither safe nor unsafe, 3=quite unsafe, 4=very unsafe.


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