Wayne Petherick*

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The crime of stalking has existed for over 30. years, though the behaviors are likely as old as human interaction. This chapter examines stalking as a construct and discusses the various behaviors involved in stalking. The first stalking laws are reviewed followed by a discussion on the incidence and prevalence of stalking. As stalking is a crime defined almost entirely by its effects on victims, the physical and psychological effects of stalking on victims will be discussed. Stalking is a relatively common crime, impacting about one in four to one in six individuals, but also occurs with some frequency among special populations, which will also be examined. Finally, the issue of serial stalking and recidivism will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe psychology of criminal and antisocial behavior
Subtitle of host publicationVictim and offender perspectives
Number of pages37
ISBN (Electronic)9780128095775
ISBN (Print)9780128092873
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jan 2017

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    The Psychology of Criminal and Antisocial Behaviour: Victim and Offender Perspectives

    Petherick, W. A. (ed.) & Sinnamon, G. (ed.), 2017, Amsterdam: Academic Press. 600 p.

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    Petherick, W. (2017). Stalking. In The psychology of criminal and antisocial behavior: Victim and offender perspectives (pp. 257-293). Elsevier.