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NCJ Number: 181763 Find in a Library
Title: Stalking Behavior in Delusional Jealousy
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:45  Issue:1  Dated:January 2000  Pages:77-82
Author(s): J. Arturo Silva M.D.; Dennis V. Derecho MPH; Gregory B. Leong M.D.; Michelle M. Farrari M.D.
Date Published: January 2000
Page Count: 6
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Stalking is examined with respect to its psychiatric, psychosocial, and forensic aspects and in the context of delusional jealousy, using the case example of Mr. L a 48-year-old male whose first marriage ended when his wife could no longer tolerate his jealousy and abusive behavior and who subsequently both followed and confronted her.
Abstract: Stalking behavior has been associated with several psychotic and non-psychotic mental disorders--most frequently, primitive personality psychopathology regardless of co-occurring psychotic symptomatology. Erotomanic and jealous delusions may be the most clinically and forensically relevant of the psychotic symptoms. However, the psychiatric literature has not well appreciated delusional jealousy as an important contributor to stalking behavior. The case of Mr. L can be conceptualized as one of delusional jealousy in that his jealous delusions, auditory hallucinations, and paranoia dated back to early adulthood. Drugs may also have contributed to his psychosis. However, a clear genetic loading for schizophrenia existed among his first-degree relatives. Findings from this case and the literature analysis suggested that further research needs to focus on several important questions related to delusional jealousy. 53 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Dual diagnosis; Forensic psychology; Mental disorders; Mentally ill offenders; Offender attitudes; Offender profiles; Stalkers
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