Clients who stalk psychologists: prevalence, methods, and motives

Purcell, Rosemary, Powell, Martine and Mullen, Paul 2005, Clients who stalk psychologists: prevalence, methods, and motives, Professional psychology, research and practice, vol. 36, no. 5, pp. 537-543, doi: 10.1037/0735-7028.36.5.537.

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Title Clients who stalk psychologists: prevalence, methods, and motives
Author(s) Purcell, Rosemary
Powell, MartineORCID iD for Powell, Martine
Mullen, Paul
Journal name Professional psychology, research and practice
Volume number 36
Issue number 5
Start page 537
End page 543
Publisher American Psychological Association
Place of publication Arlington, Va.
Publication date 2005-10
ISSN 0735-7028
Keyword(s) health professionals
client behavior
workplace violence
Summary There is emerging recognition that psychologists are susceptible to various forms of intrusiveness by clients, including stalking. Information regarding the contexts in which stalking emerges and the behaviors to which clinicians are subjected is limited. A random sample of Australian psychologists (N = 1,750) was surveyed to ascertain the prevalence, nature, and occupational impact of stalking by clients. Of the 830 respondents, 19.5% had been stalked for 2 weeks or more. Psychologists typically perceived the stalking to be motivated by resentment (42%) or infatuation (19%). Most practitioners altered their professional practice as a consequence of the harassment and 29% considered leaving the profession. Stalking by clients is a salient professional issue that requires greater attention to better manage conduct that is potentially damaging to both therapists and clients.
Language eng
DOI 10.1037/0735-7028.36.5.537
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, American Psychological Association
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