The Psychology of Stalking: Clinical and Forensic Perspectives

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J. Reid Meloy
Elsevier, Aug 10, 1998 - Psychology - 327 pages
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The Psychology of Stalking is the first scholarly book on stalking ever published. Virtually every serious writer and researcher in this area of criminal psychopathology has contributed a chapter. These chapters explore stalking from social, psychiatric, psychological and behavioral perspectives. New thinking and data are presented on threats, pursuit characteristics, psychiatric diagnoses, offender-victim typologies, cyberstalking, false victimization syndrome, erotomania, stalking and domestic violence, the stalking of public figures, and many other aspects of stalking, as well as legal issues. This landmark text is of interest to both professionals and other thoughtful individuals who recognize the serious nature of this ominous social behavior.
  • First scholarly book on stalking ever published
  • Contributions from virtually all major researchers in field
  • Discussion of what to do when being stalked
  • Uses examples from recent publicized cases

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Chapter 2 The Legal Perspective on Stalking
Chapter 3 Developmental and Social Antecedents of Stalking
Chapter 4 Psychiatric Diagnosis and the OffenderVictim Typology of Stalking
Chapter 5 The Archetypes and the Psychodynamics o f Stalking
Chapter 6 The Victims o f Stalking
Chapter 7 Stalking and Domestic Violence
Chapter 8 The Stalking o f Clinicians by Their Patients
A Secret Service Perspective
A Survey o f Erotomania and Stalking from the Old World to the World Wide Web
Chapter 11 Cultural Factors in Erotomania and Obsessional Following
Chapter 12 False Victimization Syndromes in Stalking
Chapter 13 Stalking Erotomania and the Tarasoff Cases
Chapter 14 Applying Functional Analysis to Stalking Behavior
Chapter 15 Threat Management of Stalking Cases

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Page vii - I'll smell it on the tree. — [Kissing her. 0 balmy breath, that dost almost persuade Justice to break her sword ! — One more, one more : — • Be thus when thou art dead, and I will kill thee, And love thee after : — one more, and that's the last : So sweet was ne'er so fatal. I must weep, But they are cruel tears : this sorrow's heavenly ; It strikes where it doth love.
Page vii - It is the cause, it is the cause, my soul, — Let me not name it to you, you chaste stars ! — It is the cause.
Page vii - I'll not shed her blood, Nor scar that whiter skin of hers than snow, And smooth as monumental alabaster. Yet she must die, else she'll betray more men. Put out the light, and then put out the light. If I quench thee, thou flaming minister, I can again thy former light restore, Should I repent me; but once put out thy light, Thou cunning'st pattern of excelling nature, I know not where is that Promethean heat That can thy light relume.

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Dr. Reid Meloy is a diplomate in forensic psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology. He was Chief of the Forensic Mental Health Division for San Diego County, and now devotes his time to a private civil and criminal forensic practice, research, writing, and teaching. He is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, and an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law. He is also a Fellow of the Society for Personality Assessment, and is currently President of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. In 1992 he received the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology as a Profession Award from the California Psychological Association.Dr. Meloy has authored or co-authored over 100 papers published in peer-reviewed psychiatric and psychological journals, and has written or edited four books. He is a sought after speaker and psychological consultant on various civil and criminal cases throughout the United States, most recently the Madonna stalking case and the Polly Klaas murder case. In 1997, he completed work as the forensic psychologist for the prosecution in United States vs. Timothy McVeigh and the United States vs. Terry Nichols.

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