The influence of contextual information regarding the breakdown of relationships and perpetrator-target sex composition on perceptions of relational stalking
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.
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Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK
School of Medicine, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Curtin University, Bentley, Australia
School of Arts and Humanities, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Australia
April 21, 2019