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The influence of contextual information regarding the breakdown of relationships and perpetrator-target sex composition on perceptions of relational stalking

Scott, Adrian J.; Duff, Simon C.; Sheridan, Lorraine; Rajakaruna, Nikki

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Authors

Adrian J. Scott

SIMON DUFF SIMON.DUFF@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Associate Professor in Forensic Psychology

Lorraine Sheridan

Nikki Rajakaruna



Abstract

The present study examines the influence of prior relationship (with contextual information regarding the breakdown of the relationship) and perpetrator-target sex composition on perceptions of relational stalking. The study employed an experimental 7 × 2 independent measures design, and the sample comprised 1,260 members of the community residing in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Participants received one of 14 versions of a hypothetical scenario and responded to scale items concerning the situation described. The situation was perceived to be most serious when the perpetrator was a stranger or a physically violent ex-partner and least serious when the perpetrator was an ex-partner of an unfaithful target. Scenarios involving a male perpetrator and a female victim were also perceived to be more serious than scenarios involving a female perpetrator and a male target. It is apparent therefore that the context of the relationship breakdown and the sex of the perpetrator and target significantly influence perceptions of relational stalking.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 20, 2018
Online Publication Date Oct 5, 2018
Publication Date 2019
Deposit Date Oct 4, 2018
Publicly Available Date Oct 6, 2019
Journal Psychology, Crime and Law
Print ISSN 1068-316X
Electronic ISSN 1477-2744
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 4
Pages 364-380
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/1068316X.2018.1529231
Keywords Pathology and Forensic Medicine; Law; General Psychology
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1147266
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1068316X.2018.1529231
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Psychology, Crime and Law on 3 October 2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/1068316X.2018.1529231.

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