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Technical report on the analysis of small groups in the 1999 GSS


This study documents the methodological and technical challenges that are involved in performing analysis on small groups using a sample survey (1999 General Social Survey on Victimization). The discussion addresses issues such as over-sampling, response rate, non-response rate due to language, release feasibility and sampling variability.

The study analyses victimization patterns and perceptions of crime in small groups through a general population crime survey. Aboriginal people, visible minority and immigrant rates are compared with rates from non-Aboriginal, non-visible minority and non-immigrant groups to determine whether there are any variations based on identifiable socio-demographic characteristics. A multivariate analysis assesses how visible minority, Aboriginal or immigrant identity influences the risk of victimization and fear, while controlling the effects of other significant predictors.

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