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NCJ Number: 147806 Find in a Library
Journal: Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice  Volume:9  Issue:4  Dated:(December 1993)  Pages:317-327
Author(s): R M Holmes
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 11
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Even though many States have enacted laws to combat stalking, little is known about the mentality of stalkers and behavioral and psychological factors influencing their actions.
Abstract: Stalking takes many forms, including phone calls, letters, and personal confrontations, and certain stalking methods have become an integral part of the act. Stalking has only recently become an area of examination by those interested in the criminal mind. Academic literature has focused on stalkers in the context of a medical model. Only recently, research has examined stalking from a behavioral perspective. As evident in any type of human behavior, people behave differently based on motivational factors and anticipated gains. These variations in behavior stem from many constitutional and/or experiential factors. A typology of stalkers is presented that incorporates victims, selection, motivation, anticipated gain, intended fatal violence, and sex. The author believes stalking is a social condition that needs to be detected early before violence ensues. 19 references and 3 tables
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Anti-stalking laws; Behavior typologies; Behavioral science research; Criminology; Mentally ill offenders; Police; Psychological influences on crime; Psychological research; Stalkers
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