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An Empirical Examination of the Mullen et al. (1999) Typology of Stalking

Youngs, Donna E. and Ioannou, Maria (2012) An Empirical Examination of the Mullen et al. (1999) Typology of Stalking. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology. ISSN 1478-9949 (In Press)

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    Abstract

    Mullen et al's (1999) motive-based typology of stalkers is the most widely used classification system and the basis of the Stalking Risk Profile clinical assessment tool, yet the posited 'types' have not been empirically identified. The present study therefore examined the evidence for this typology using data derived from 50 stalking cases obtained from the Threat Management Unit of the Los Angeles Police Department. Twenty-six offence variables were submitted to a Multidimensional Scaling Procedure, namely Smallest Space Analysis (SSA). Stalking features indicative of the 5 specific Mullen et al. types did not form distinct regions but overlapped, many features characteristic of the putative ‘rejected’, ‘intimacy seeker’ and ‘resentful’ types emerging in more than 70% of the cases. Similarly, the 'incompetent' and 'predatory' features did not form coherent constructs. These results suggest that this motive-basis for distinguishing stalkers is not valid and should not be the basis for treatment or assessment.

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
    School of Human and Health Sciences > International Research Centre for Investigative Psychology
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    Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
    Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2012 15:19
    Last Modified: 26 Sep 2012 11:07
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/14324

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