New article on stalking risk factors - free copies available
A new article on risk factors for stalking violence, persistence and recurrence has just been published by our research group in the Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology:
McEwan, T.E., Daffern, M., MacKenzie, R.D., & Ogloff, J.R.P.(2017) Risk factors for stalking violence, persistence, and recurrence, Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, 28:1, 38-56, DOI: 10.1080/14789949.2016.1247188
50 free copies of the article can be downloaded from http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/C4deRi3VPGWEHcNXDR5a/full, so first in, best dressed.
This study used a retrospective design to investigate risk factors associated with
violence during a stalking episode, persistence (increased duration of stalking)
and recurrence (multiple subsequent separate stalking episodes) in 157 people
(91% male, mean age 35 years) with an established history of stalking behaviour.
Results showed that diverse risk factors are associated with different types of
stalking outcomes. Consistent with previous research, stalking violence was more
likely to occur when the victim was an ex-intimate, when explicit threats had
been made and where there had been previous property damage (AUC = .74).
Personality disorder, older age, criminal versatility, a prior acquaintanceship and
erotomanic delusions (AUC = .75) predicted stalking recurrence. Finally, previous
acquaintanceship, the presence of delusional beliefs and the absence of a history
of physical or sexual violence were associated with stalking persistence. These
results clearly show that effective assessment and management of stalking requires
consideration of different stalking outcomes and the diversity of associated risk