Explanatory Models of Perception of Safety in a Public Housing Estate, Lagos, Nigeria

  • Segun Okunola Department of Architecture, University of Lagos, Nigeria
  • Dolapo Amole Department of Architecture, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile – Ife, Nigeria


This paper reports a study on the perception of safety in a public housing scheme. It uses two different models to explain this phenomenon. The rationale was that the components of these models are associated with the quality of life of residents. The results suggest that the model which explains the perception of safety using facilitating factors (vulnerability and disorder) is more explanatory than the model which uses inhibiting factors (social participation and sense of community).

Keywords: Social participation; fear of crime; perception of safety; sense of community; public housing, vulnerability

eISSN 2514-7528 © 2018. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open-access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.

How to Cite
OKUNOLA, Segun; AMOLE, Dolapo. Explanatory Models of Perception of Safety in a Public Housing Estate, Lagos, Nigeria. Journal of ASIAN Behavioural Studies, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 6, p. 74-82, jan. 2018. ISSN 2514-7528. Available at: <https://jabs.e-iph.co.uk/index.php/jABs/article/view/239>. Date accessed: 17 feb. 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.21834/jabs.v3i6.239.

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