The Psychology of Stalking: Clinical and Forensic Perspectives / Edition 1

The Psychology of Stalking: Clinical and Forensic Perspectives / Edition 1

by J. Reid Meloy, J. Reid Meloy

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ISBN-10: 0124905609

ISBN-13: 9780124905603

Pub. Date: 06/09/1998

Publisher: Elsevier Science

The Psychology of Stalking is the first scholarly book on stalking ever published. Virtually every serious writer and researcher in this area of criminal psychopathology has contributed to this comprehensive resource. These chapters explore stalking from social, psychiatric, psychological, legal, and behavioral perspectives. New thinking and data are presented


The Psychology of Stalking is the first scholarly book on stalking ever published. Virtually every serious writer and researcher in this area of criminal psychopathology has contributed to this comprehensive resource. These chapters explore stalking from social, psychiatric, psychological, legal, and behavioral perspectives. New thinking and data are presented on threats, pursuit characteristics, psychiatric diagnoses, offender-victim typologies, cyberstalking, false victimization syndrome, erotomania, stalking and domestic violence, stalking of public figures, and many other aspects of stalking. This landmark text is of interest to both professionals and other thoughtful individuals who recognize the serious nature of this ominous social behavior at the end of the millennium.
Dr. Reid Meloy is a diplomate in forensic psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology. He was Chief of the Forensic Mental Health Division for San Diego County, and now devotes his time to a private civil and criminal forensic practice, research, writing, and teaching. He is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the School of Medicine of the University, San Diego, and an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law. He is also a Fellow for the Society of Personality Assessment and is currently President of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. In 1992 he received the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology as a Profession Award from the California Psychological Association.
He is a sought-after speaker and psychological consultant on various civil and criminal cases throughout the United States, most recently the Madonna stalking case and the Polly Klass murder case. In 1997, he completed work as the forensic psychologist for the prosecution in the Oklahoma City bombing cases.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1The Psychology of Stalking
Incidence and Prevalence of Stalking3
This Book3
Current Findings4
New and Controversial Areas7
In Defense of Obsessional Thinking13
The Nature of Stalking Violence14
Psychodynamics and Attachment Pathology18
Final Thoughts21
Chapter 2The Legal Perspective on Stalking
Evolution of the First Stalking Law28
California's Current Stalking Law31
Probation and Parole34
Associated Stalking Statutes35
The Federal Stalking Law35
The Crime of Terrorist Threats36
The Madonna Stalking Case37
The Media and the Jury39
Conviction and Sentencing41
AppendixRecent California Case Law43
Stalking Cases43
Terrorist Threat Cases45
Chapter 3Developmental and Social Antecedents of Stalking
Attachment Theory52
Object Relations Theory54
Stalking and Attachment56
Early Attachment Disruption--A Predisposing Factor of Stalking57
Adult Recent Loss--A Precipitating Factor of Stalking58
Preoccupied Attachment58
Fearful Attachment60
Dismissing Attachment61
Attachment and Psychopathology63
Psychiatric Features of Stalkers64
Chapter 4Psychiatric Diagnosis and the Offender-Victim Typology of Stalking
Psychiatric Diagnosis of Stalkers70
The Threat Management Unit75
Stalker-Victim Types76
Simple Obsessional76
Love Obsessional77
False Victimization Syndrome79
Review of the Stalking Research79
Current Findings81
Chapter 5The Archetypes and the Psychodynamics of Stalking
Was Shakespeare a Stalker?: A Modern Psychodynamic Interpretation of the Dark Lady Sonnets88
Histrionic Psychodynamics: Sexual Triangles, Jealousy, Competition, Masochism, Inadequacy, and Inhibition89
Borderline Psychodynamics: Psychological Splitting, Primitive Idealization and Devaluation, and Projective Identification91
Narcissistic Psychodynamics: Self-Object Confusion, Dependency, and Distortions92
Antisocial and Delusional Psychodynamics: Threats and Predation to Control the Love Object as a Defense against Psychological Decompensation93
Separation/Individuation: Letting Go94
Psychodiagnoses and Psychodynamics of Stalking95
Histrionic Personality Features98
Borderline Personality Features101
Antisocial Personality Features102
Narcissistic Personality Features104
Delusional Personality Features109
Stalking as a "Modern Archetype" of "Violent Attachment"109
Chapter 6The Victims of Stalking
Limitations of the Study116
Men as Victims119
Women as Victims120
Perceived Motivations of Stalkers121
Past and Current Stalking123
Demographics of Stalking Victims124
Stalker Demographics127
Stalking Behaviors131
Effects on the Victim133
Chapter 7Stalking and Domestic Violence
Homicide Studies140
Stalking in Battering Relationships142
Identifying Women at High Risk143
Reducing Risk for Battered Women145
Batterer Typologies147
Identifying Dangerous Domestic Violence Stalkers148
The JurisMonitor Project153
Psychological Techniques of Battering154
Chapter 8The Stalking of Clinicians by Their Patients
Case Example 1165
Case Example 2166
Case Example 3167
Case Example 4168
Case Example 5168
Case Example 6169
Case Example 7170
Case Example 8170
Case Example 9171
Chapter 9Preventing Attacks on Public Officials and Public Figures: A Secret Service Perspective
The Secret Service Exceptional Case Study Project176
Data Collection179
ECSP Findings181
Myths about Assassins181
Key Observations on Assassins184
Two Case Studies186
Summary and Conclusions189
Chapter 10De Clerambault On-Line: A Survey of Erotomania and Stalking from the Old World to the World Wide Web
Nomenclature and Diagnosis195
Primary Erotomania195
Secondary Erotomania197
Other Variants of Erotomania197
Demographics, Dangerousness, and Dynamics199
Case 1207
Case 2207
Case 3207
Erotomania in Cyberspace209
Case 1209
Case 2210
Conclusions and Summary210
Chapter 11Cultural Factors in Erotomania and Obsessional Following
Theoretical Framework214
Social Isolation214
Reality Testing215
Loss, Mourning, and Identity215
Case 1216
Evaluating Culture Shock and Acculturation Stress217
Case 2218
Treatment Considerations221
Chapter 12False Victimization Syndromes in Stalking
Review of the Literature227
FVS Physical Symptoms without a Known Physical Cause230
False Crime Reports--General Discussion232
False Victimization Types Most Likely Encountered by Law Enforcement241
Case 1FVS Type 2b, Known Perpetrator241
Case 2FVS Type 3b, Unknown Perpetrator243
Case 3FVS Type 3b, Unknown Perpetrator245
FVS Known and Unknown Perpetrator Types--Case Discussion247
False Victimization Syndrome Descriptors249
Initial Attributions249
Victim Presentation249
Enlistment of Others250
Psychological Data250
Historical Clues251
Suspect Problems251
Reporting Rhythm252
Situational Stressors253
Family Dynamics253
Intervention Suggestions253
Suggestions for Further Research and Investigation254
Chapter 13Stalking, Erotomania, and the Tarasoff Cases
Case History258
Criminal Proceedings268
Civil Proceedings268
Assessment of Dangerousness in a Tarasoff Situation269
Chapter 14Applying Functional Analysis to Stalking Behavior
Definition of Stalking275
Research Commentary277
Functional Analysis280
Principles of Functional Analysis281
Conducting a Functional Analysis283
Applying Functional Analysis to Stalking Behavior284
Functional Analysis of Other Stalking Behaviors of Interest288
Chapter 15Threat Management of Stalking Cases
Case Study298
Engagement and Intake299
Victim Interviews301
Assessment of Subject Communications: The Tapes303
Background Investigation304
Case and Risk Formulation305
Intervention Strategy307
Disposition of Subject309
Decisions about Recommending Further Involvement or Interventions310
Responding to the Most Serious Cases311
Sample Listing of Investigative Resources for an In-Depth Background Assessment Investigation312

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