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Adolescent stalking: Offence characteristics and effectiveness of intervention orders

Show simple item record Purcell, Rosemary ; Flower, Teresa ; Mullen, Paul E. 2014-09-22T16:22:35Z 2014-09-22T16:22:35Z 2009
dc.identifier.citation Purcell, Rosemary ; Flower, Teresa ; Mullen, Paul E. (2009). Adolescent stalking: offence characteristics and effectiveness of intervention orders. Trends & Issues in Crime & Criminal Justice, 369, 1-6. en_US
dc.description.abstract To date, research on stalking has focused almost exclusively on adults. This paper examines the nature of stalking among adolescents to determine the characteristics of stalkers and their victims and the utility of intervention orders for managing this behaviour. Its findings indicate that a majority of perpetrators are male and almost all victims know their stalker, with prior relationships including ex-school peers, family members, ex-intimate partners and former friends. Threats and physical assaults occur in a majority of these cases and the impacts of adolescent stalking mirror those reported by adult victims, with anxiety and fear both commonly occurring. However, unlike adult stalking which is usually motivated by rejection, adolescent stalking most often occurs in the context of bullying. Intervention orders were granted in almost half of the study cases. Where applications where not granted, half the victims discontinued the application prior to hearing, almost one-quarter of victims did not attend the hearing and the remainder of cases were struck out. While intervention orders are commonly used to curtail stalking, their effectiveness is yet to be established. Longitudinal research which follows youth stalking cases is needed to determine the mental health, social and vocational impacts of stalking; reasons for high rates of intervention order discontinuation by victims; rates of recidivism into adulthood and the impact of intervention orders on offenders. (Author Forward) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Trends & Issues in Crime & Criminal Justice en_US
dc.subject child abuse en_US
dc.subject teens en_US
dc.subject youth en_US
dc.subject emotional abuse en_US
dc.subject psychological effects en_US
dc.subject prevention
dc.subject International Resources
dc.subject Australia
dc.subject research
dc.title Adolescent stalking: Offence characteristics and effectiveness of intervention orders en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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