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NCJ Number: 171311 Find in a Library
Title: Comparative Study of Psychotic and Nonpsychotic Stalking
Journal: Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law  Volume:25  Issue:3  Dated:(1997)  Pages:317-334
Author(s): K K Kienlen; D L Birmingham; K B Solberg; J T O'Regan; J R Meloy
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 18
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reports on a comparative analysis of psychotic versus nonpsychotic stalking.
Abstract: The study examined archival files of 25 forensic subjects whose alleged criminal offenses met a legal definition of stalking behavior. The files were studied for demographic characteristics, stalking dynamics, psychosocial history, and current psychological variables. The nonpsychotic subjects' pursuit of victims was influenced by various psychological factors, including anger and hostility, projection of blame, obsession, dependency, minimization and denial and jealousy. They made more verbal threats and "acted out" violently more often. Psychotic subjects visited the victims' homes significantly more often than nonpsychotic subjects. While all subjects exhibited some similarities in stalking behaviors and demographic variables, including childhood attachment disruptions, no single profile of a stalker emerged. Findings provide information about factors contributing to stalking violence, as well as diagnostic issues that should be considered in the assessment and treatment of this criminal population. Note, tables, references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Behavior typologies; Erotomanic delusions; Mental disorders; Mentally ill offenders; Psychological research; Psychopaths; Sociopaths; Stalkers; Treatment offender matching
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