Is cyberstalking different?

L.P. Sheridan, Tim D. Grant

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Abstract

Very little empirical work exists on cyberstalking. The current study analysed detailed questionnaires completed by 1051 self-defined stalking victims. Almost half (47.5%) reported harassment via the Internet, but only 7.2% of the sample was judged to have been cyberstalked. Ordinal regression analyses of four groups of victims, categorized according to degree of cyber involvement in their victimization, revealed a general picture of similarity between the groups in terms of the stalking process, responses to being stalked, and the effects on victims and third parties. It was concluded that cyberstalking does not fundamentally differ from traditional, proximal stalking, that online harassment does not necessarily hold broad appeal to stalkers, and that those who target ex-intimates remain the most populous stalker type.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)627-640
Number of pages14
JournalPsychology, Crime and Law
Volume13
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007

Keywords

  • stalking
  • cyberstalking
  • Internet
  • harassment

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