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

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Overview

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.

Author Biography: 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.

Audience: Academic researchers and students in personality psychology, sociology, and abnormal psychology. Practicing clinicians and counselors. Professionals in law and law enforcement.

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Editorial Reviews

John Monahan
J. Reid Meloy and his colleagues have blended clinical insight, scientific rigor, and legal precision to produce the one indispensable book on stalking.
Phillip J. Resnick
The book is must reading for law enforcement and mental health professionals who deal with stalkers.
Anthony J. Pinizzotto
This book is necessary reading for anyone who is currently working within any of the professional fields in which stalking is an issue.
Journal Of Psychiatry And Law
The Psychology of Stalking is an outstanding collection of writings on a subject for which there is a very sparse literature... the information here is vital to clinicians who treat offenders and victims as well as potentially extremely helpful to law enforcement professionals.
Booknews
Contributions from nearly every specialist in the emerging area of criminal psychopathology explore its social, psychological, legal, and behavioral aspects. They present new thinking and data on threats, pursuit characteristics, psychiatric diagnoses, offender and victim typologies, cyberstalking, the false victim syndrome, erotomania, domestic violence, stalking public figures and other topics. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
From the Publisher
Praise for the Hardback Edition
"This book is necessary reading for anyone who is currently working within any of the professional fields in which stalking is an issue."
-Anthony J. Pinizzotto, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Behavioral Sciences Unit
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780124905603
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 6/9/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 327
  • Product dimensions: 0.94 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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 University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, and an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law. He is also a Fellow of the Society for 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.Dr. Meloy has authored or co-authored over 100 papers published in peer-reviewed psychiatric and psychological journals, and has written or edited four books. 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 Klaas murder case. In 1997, he completed work as the forensic psychologist for the prosecution in United States vs. Timothy McVeigh and the United States vs. Terry Nichols.

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Table of Contents

Contributors
Preface
Ch. 1 The Psychology of Stalking
Ch. 2 The Legal Perspective on Stalking
Ch. 3 Developmental and Social Antecedents of Stalking
Ch. 4 Psychiatric Diagnosis and the Offender-Victim Typology of Stalking
Ch. 5 The Archetypes and the Psychodynamics of Stalking
Ch. 6 The Victims of Stalking
Ch. 7 Stalking and Domestic Violence
Ch. 8 The Stalking of Clinicians by Their Patients
Ch. 9 Preventing Attacks on Public Officials and Public Figures: A Secret Service Perspective
Ch. 10 De Clerambault On-Line: A Survey of Erotomania and Stalking from the Old World to the World Wide Web
Ch. 11 Cultural Factors in Erotomania and Obsessional Following
Ch. 12 False Victimization Syndromes in Stalking
Ch. 13 Stalking, Erotomania, and the Tarasoff Cases
Ch. 14 Applying Functional Analysis to Stalking Behavior
Ch. 15 Threat Management of Stalking Cases
Index 317
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