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Student Pursuers: An Investigation of Pursuit and Stalking in the Student–Faculty Relationship

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Abstract:

Data from faculty and students provide information on the prevalence of unwanted pursuit and stalking in the student–faculty relationship. Among faculty, 67.8% reported unwanted pursuit. For the most serious case, 6%–11% met criteria for stalking. Among students, 4.1% reported engaging in unwanted pursuit of faculty. Both faculty and students perceived anger (especially for male students) to be the motive for student unwanted pursuit/stalking, with some endorsement of romantic interest and concern about the role of mental illness. Sex differences suggest female faculty members are more often a target of unwanted pursuit or stalking and more likely to experience fear.

Keywords: SEX DIFFERENCES IN STALKING; STALKING; STUDENT-FACULTY RELATIONSHIPS; UNWANTED PURSUIT

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1891/0886-6708.26.5.543

Publication date: October 1, 2011

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