Insecurity, Health, and Well-Being: An Initial Exploration Based on Happiness Surveys

Mar 2011
Crime and insecurity are increasingly common features of life in Latin America and the Caribbean, particularly in urban areas. Victimization rates in the region are the highest in the world, with the exception of Sub-Saharan Africa. This publication explores how victimization and perceptions of insecurity affect well-being and health in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as how adaptation mediates those effects.