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Harm associated with stalking victimization

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Objective: The purpose of the present study was to determine the frequency at which

    assault and attempted assault occur as outcomes among stalking victims, and to explore

    the common characteristics of those cases in which the victims report these harmful

    outcomes as a result of the stalking behaviour.

    Method: A sample of 3700 men and women randomly selected from the electoral roll were

    sent a postal questionnaire to determine the prevalence and nature of their experiences of

    stalking behaviours. Those who self-reported that they had been stalked were divided

    according to whether their pursuer had, or had not, attacked them.

    Results: Of the 432 who reported having been stalked, 75 (17.4%) had been attacked. A

    number of victim and perpetrator factors differentiated those who reported attacks. A

    combination of the victim being threatened, being an ex-intimate, and being younger at the

    time of the stalking incident were predictive of attack. A multivariate model containing these

    factors correctly classified 82% of the sample and achieved an AUC of 0.87.

    Conclusions: Stalking is an all too common problem behaviour that can result in a range

    of harmful outcomes for victims. Threats made by ex-intimates are a particular cause for

    concern. The generalizability of these findings should be tested using robust prospective

    methodologies in diverse populations.

    Key words: assault, ex-intimates, stalking, threats.

Authors


  •   Purcell, Rosemary (external author)
  •   Mullen, Paul E. (external author)
  •   Pathe, Michele (external author)
  •   Thomas, Stuart DM.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Thomas, S. DM., Purcell, R., Pathe, M. & Mullen, P. E. (2008). Harm associated with stalking victimization. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 42 (9), 800-806.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-49549124787

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/178

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 6

Start Page


  • 800

End Page


  • 806

Volume


  • 42

Issue


  • 9

Abstract


  • Objective: The purpose of the present study was to determine the frequency at which

    assault and attempted assault occur as outcomes among stalking victims, and to explore

    the common characteristics of those cases in which the victims report these harmful

    outcomes as a result of the stalking behaviour.

    Method: A sample of 3700 men and women randomly selected from the electoral roll were

    sent a postal questionnaire to determine the prevalence and nature of their experiences of

    stalking behaviours. Those who self-reported that they had been stalked were divided

    according to whether their pursuer had, or had not, attacked them.

    Results: Of the 432 who reported having been stalked, 75 (17.4%) had been attacked. A

    number of victim and perpetrator factors differentiated those who reported attacks. A

    combination of the victim being threatened, being an ex-intimate, and being younger at the

    time of the stalking incident were predictive of attack. A multivariate model containing these

    factors correctly classified 82% of the sample and achieved an AUC of 0.87.

    Conclusions: Stalking is an all too common problem behaviour that can result in a range

    of harmful outcomes for victims. Threats made by ex-intimates are a particular cause for

    concern. The generalizability of these findings should be tested using robust prospective

    methodologies in diverse populations.

    Key words: assault, ex-intimates, stalking, threats.

Authors


  •   Purcell, Rosemary (external author)
  •   Mullen, Paul E. (external author)
  •   Pathe, Michele (external author)
  •   Thomas, Stuart DM.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Thomas, S. DM., Purcell, R., Pathe, M. & Mullen, P. E. (2008). Harm associated with stalking victimization. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 42 (9), 800-806.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-49549124787

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/178

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 6

Start Page


  • 800

End Page


  • 806

Volume


  • 42

Issue


  • 9