Research health science specialist, National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Palo Alto Veterans Health Care System, Menlo Park Division, Palo Alto, CA
Staff psychiatrist, Western State Hospital, Tacoma, WA
Staff psychiatrist, Palo Alto Veterans Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA
Physician associate, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, Santa Clara, CA
(Received 31 December 1998; accepted 10 May 1999)
Stalking behavior has been associated with several mental disorders, both psychotic and non-psychotic. The most frequently associated condition appears to be an individual with primitive personality psychopathology regardless of co-occurring psychotic symptomatology. Among the psychotic symptoms, erotomanic, and jealousy delusions may be the most clinically and forensically relevant. However, delusional jealousy has not been well appreciated in the psychiatric literature as an important contributor to stalking behavior. In this article, we explore the psychiatric, psychosocial, and forensic aspects of stalking in the context of delusional jealousy. We use a case example to highlight important issues in this area.
Paper ID: JFS14643J