Stalking: Developing an Empirical Typology to Classify Stalkers

    Volume 47, Issue 1 (January 2002)

    ISSN: 0022-1198


    Published Online: 1 January 2002

    Page Count: 7

    Ben, KD
    West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

    Fremouw, W
    West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

    (Received 5 September 2000; accepted 11 June 2001)


    Stalking has received a great deal of attention from the media and its harmful effects on victims have been well documented. Stalking is also more common than previously thought, leading researchers to classify stalkers into groups in an attempt to predict future behavior. Previous research has grouped stalkers based on theoretical models rather than trying to empirically examine stalking behaviors along with other factors such as motivation, type of relationship, and attachment style in determining a typology of stalkers. Female college students (N_108) who had experienced stalking behaviors responded to questions regarding their perceptions of those behaviors. First, these victim perceptions were factor analyzed. Then, cluster analysis grouped those factors to produce a four-cluster typology of stalkers. Cluster 1 (Harmless) appeared to reflect a more casual, less jealous pattern of behavior. Cluster 2 (Low Threat) appeared the least likely to become physically violent or threatening, or to engage in illegal behaviors. Cluster 3 (Violent Criminal) appeared to be the most likely to engage in physically threatening and illegal behaviors. Cluster 4 (High Threat) was characterized by a more serious type of relationship and may attempt to be more restrictive of their partner when first meeting them.

    Paper ID: JFS15216J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS15216J

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    Title Stalking: Developing an Empirical Typology to Classify Stalkers
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30