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Attachment and Targets’ Experience of Obsessive Relational Intrusion Following an Intimate Relationship

23 July 2010


Current literature on stalking indicates that young adults, particularly women, are at risk for being targets of stalking. They are also most likely to be stalked by someone known to them or by a previous romantic partner. Although the literature on stalking has expanded, most notably over the last 20 years, significant gaps in knowledge still remain, particularly with regard to understanding the role that target characteristics and relational dynamics may play in the expression of pursuit behaviors. The current study was an investigation of the impact of target attachment style on the degree and nature of stalking behaviors experienced by targets following the termination of an intimate relationship. Approximately 100 college and graduate students responded to the survey regarding attachment styles and experiences of post-intimate relationship stalking. The results indicated that target attachment style did not have a significant impact on target experiences of post-intimate stalking. However, based on the small sample size and certain characteristics of the sample, the true impact of target attachment style on experiences remains unclear.


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