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Stalking and Psychosexual Obsession: Psychological Perspectives for Prevention, Policing and Treatment (Wiley Series in Psychology of Crime, Policing and Law) Paperback – 14 May 2002

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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (14 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471494593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471494591
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.8 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,102,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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" highly recommended " (Sexual & Relationship Therapy, Vol.17, No.4, 2002)

" an excellent collection of chapters will prove of equal value to academics, practitioners and policy makers " (The Psychologist, July 2003)

"...It is clearly one of the better single sources of exposure to the stalking phenomenon currently available." (Applied Cognitive Psychology, No.17, 2003)

gives advice on how to cope (The Times, T2; 5 August 2004)



" highly recommended " (Sexual & Relationship Therapy, Vol.17, No.4, 2002)

" an excellent collection of chapters will prove of equal value to academics, practitioners and policy makers " (The Psychologist, July 2003)

"...It is clearly one of the better single sources of exposure to the stalking phenomenon currently available." (Applied Cognitive Psychology, No.17, 2003)

gives advice on how to cope (The Times, T2; 5 August 2004)

 

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SERIES PREFACE

The Wiley Series on the Psychology of Crime, Policing and the Law publishes integrative reviews of important emerging areas of contemporary research. The purpose of the series is not merely to present research findings in a clear and readable form, but also to bring out their implications for both practice and policy. In this way, it is hoped that the series will not only be useful to psychologists, but also to all those concerned with crime detection and prevention, policing and the judicial process.

As the editors of the current volume remind us, the legal recognition of stalking—systematic harassment and intimidation directed at one individual by another—has only recently been recognised as a distinct form of criminality. One of the important features of stalking as a crime is that its appearance sometimes presages even more serious criminal acts against the victim, including physical violence and murder. For instance in September 2001, a former British naval officer, Anthony Hurdle, was sentenced to life imprisonment for attempted murder. His partner at the time had broken off her relationship with him after discovering that he had a history of stalking offences against other women. She in turn was then stalked by Hurdle for several months before suffering a horrific at-tack at his hands in her own home. Predicting when such escalation will occur and how to snuff out the behaviour before it takes place is a challenge to all forensic psychologists and psychiatrists, police officers, lawyers and criminologists who are drawn to this problem.

Stalking and Psychosexual Obsession: Psychological Perspectives for Prevention, Policing and Treatment provides the first comprehensive treatment of the topic, examining not simply the prevalence of stalking and the nature of the stalkers themselves, but also what can be done, through police action and the courts, to combat the activity in its many forms. Sadly, governments have often legislated in haste, without a full appreciation of the range of activities undertaken by stalkers or the scope of the problem. Likewise, beyond sensationalised accounts of individuals who have stalked celebrities, little is known about the personality and background of the men and women who become stalkers. This important book also looks at the victims of stalking and the new phenomenon of cyberstalking: the harassment of victims through the Internet and electronic mail. Its very ubiquity in Western societies (we know little of stalking in other cultures) may owe something to the ease of communication between individuals that we prize today.

The editors, Julian Boon and Lorraine Sheridan, are well placed to collate an authoritative and multifaceted view of research and practice. Julian Boon is an academic and chartered forensic psychologist, and is also one of the handful of Home Office accredited offender profilers in the United Kingdom. His wide-ranging involvement in high-profile cases has given him first-hand experience, both of stalkers and other sexual obsessives and their victims. Lorraine Sheridan has carried out the first systematic studies of the nature and incidence of stalking in the United Kingdom and has published widely on the topic as well as advising government agencies and charities on anti-stalking measures. Their reputations have ensured that this book brings together some of the foremost authorities on stalking and sexual obsession in Europe, Australia and North America to provide an up-to-the-minute and authoritative account of this ubiquitous, malign, but poorly understood activity.

GRAHAM DAVIES
University of Leicester

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