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From The CriticsReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This book offers a novel approach to the understanding of the potentially serious and disastrous effects for which stalking behaviors can be exhibited in children and adolescents. Although research in this area remains sadly deficient, this book is of great importance not only to clinicians but also to the general public and is a standalone in the field of psychology and psychiatry.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide awareness of the social problem of stalking in children and adolescents. The book provides professionals, parents, and school officials with the information that they need to help protect young people and deal with the situations in which a child or adolescent is being stalked. The author's objectives are unbiased, worthy, based upon realistic goals, and certainly will be achieved for those seeking out knowledge in this pivotal area.
Audience: Targeted toward mental health professionals, attorneys, judges, legislators, policymakers, educators, parents, and school officials, readers are given a solid framework for dealing with and managing children and adolescents who are either perpetrators or victims of stalking. The author is a highly credible, respected, and knowledgeable clinician and researcher in the mental healthcare field.
Features: The book is wonderfully organized through the use of illustrative case examples and noteworthy empirical data. A thorough discussion of the various factors associated with stalking behaviors, the risk of violence, victim impact, recommendations for managing stalking cases, and legal approaches highlight the need for increased involvement and for new directions in dealing with stalking.
Assessment: The author examines the social problem of stalking and provides readers not only with an understanding, awareness, and knowledge of the issue, but also with relevant research, pertinent recommendations, and the firm foundation to empower professionals with the means to explore new strategies for the prevention, intervention, and protection of children and adolescents. This is a timely and necessary addition to the field of mental health.