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Date of Award

7-25-2002

Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSCP)

Committee Chair

Catherine Miller, PhD

Abstract

This study was designed to determine if stalking or Obsessive Relational Intrusion (ORl) is reported to the police. Three questionnaires were administered in this study which allowed the participant to indicate why the incident was not reported to the police and these responses were categorized into a taxonomy by Finkelhor, Wolak, and Berliner (2001). This study showed that the majority of ORl behavior was not reported to the police and most of the reasons why the police were not contacted were categorized within that taxonomy. The results indicated that juveniles were likely to regard ORI behavior as not serious enough to report, despite the likelihood that crimes were actually committed against them. There was only one case in which the crime was reported and the victim did not find that the police were very helpful.

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