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Editorial : when do repeated intrusions become stalking?

Purcell, Rosemary, Pathe, Michele and Mullen, Paul 2004, Editorial : when do repeated intrusions become stalking?, Journal of forensic psychiatry and psychology, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 571-583, doi: 10.1080/14789940412331313368.

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Title Editorial : when do repeated intrusions become stalking?
Author(s) Purcell, Rosemary
Pathe, Michele
Mullen, Paul
Journal name Journal of forensic psychiatry and psychology
Volume number 15
Issue number 4
Start page 571
End page 583
Publisher Brunner- Routledge (UK)
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2004-12
ISSN 1478-9949
1478-9957
Keyword(s) stalking
harassment; threats
mental health
anxiety
depression
Summary Stalking is a prevalent crime which can significantly compromise the victim's quality of life. It occurs when one person repeatedly inflicts on another unwanted contacts or communications which induce fear. Many of the behaviours associated with stalking overlap with common, albeit irritating, experiences (e.g. being persistently telephoned or approached for a date). The difficulty for victims is recognizing the difference between brief episodes of intrusiveness or social awkwardness, and the beginnings of a more persistent campaign of harassment. This study sought to define empirically the foremost juncture at which instances of intrusiveness can be distinguished from persistent stalking which is ultimately damaging to the victim's psychosocial functioning. The results indicate that continuation of unwanted intrusions beyond a threshold of 2 weeks is associated with a more intrusive, threatening and psychologically damaging course of harassment. Recognition that 2 weeks is the watershed between brief, self-limiting instances of intrusiveness and protracted stalking allows an opportunity for early intervention to assist victims of this crime.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14789940412331313368
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, Taylor & Francis Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002769

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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