Journal Published Online: 01 January 2000
Volume 45, Issue 1

Stalking Behavior in Delusional Jealousy



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.

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Silva, JA
Palo Alto Veterans Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA
Derecho, DV
National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Palo Alto Veterans Health Care System, Menlo Park Division, Palo Alto, CA
Leong, GB
Western State Hospital, Tacoma, WA
Ferrari, MM
Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, Santa Clara, CA
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Stock #: JFS14643J
ISSN: 0022-1198
DOI: 10.1520/JFS14643J