How dark are stalking attitudes? an investigation of individual differences in stalking attitudes and associated behaviour online

Fuller, Millie (2020) How dark are stalking attitudes? an investigation of individual differences in stalking attitudes and associated behaviour online. DForenPsy thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Abstract

Why are certain individuals more likely to endorse stalking attitudes than others? Is there a relationship between stalking attitudes and an individual’s online behaviour? What characterises the psychological profile of a cyberstalker?

This thesis explores individual differences in stalking attitudes and associated online behaviour. Beginning by systematically reviewing the literature on perpetrator characteristics of cyberstalkers, it then examines a number of identified variables (with a particular interest in dark personality traits), to discern whether these could predict stalking attitudes. It also investigates individuals reasons for engaging in behaviours online which could amount to stalking to discern possible motivation. Finally, the thesis critiques the stalking related attitudes questionnaire, which is used throughout. The discoveries made in the thesis form practice and research recommendations, developing our understanding of stalking and cyberstalking, creating greater awareness to inform legislation, prevention and intervention efforts. By developing this understanding, it is hoped there will be significant implications for clinicians, informing prevention, assessment and treatment approaches while also advancing legislation and security initiatives for policy makers.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (DForenPsy)
Supervisors: Egan, Vincent
Duff, Simon
Keywords: Cyberstalking, Stalking, Risk factors, Facebook, Tinder, Mating Effort, Personality, The Dark Triad, and Stalking attitudes
Subjects: W Medicine and related subjects (NLM Classification) > WM Psychiatry
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
Item ID: 59831
Depositing User: Fuller, Millie
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2020 04:40
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2020 04:40
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/59831

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