A Study of Women Who Stalk

Rosemary Purcell, B.A., M.Psych.; Michele Pathé, M.B.B.S., F.R.A.N.Z.C.P.; Paul E. Mullen, M.B.B.S., D.Sc., F.R.C.Psych.
Am J Psychiatry 2001;158:2056-2060. 10.1176/appi.ajp.158.12.2056


In our experience, those who find themselves the victim of a female stalker often confront indifference and skepticism from law enforcement and other helping agencies.

In most cases of rejected stalking, the harassment followed the breakdown of a sexually intimate relationship […] In 18% (N=7) of the cases, the stalking was classified as «resentful,» the stalker seeking to punish and torment a victim perceived as having mistreated or slighted her.

The duration of stalking ranged between 2 months and 20 years (median=22 months).

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