Dark Side of Relationship Pursuit From Attraction to Obsession and Stalking

ISBN-10: 0415896738
ISBN-13: 9780415896733
Edition: 2nd 2014 (Revised)
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Description: Authors William R. Cupach and Brian H. Spitzberg synthesize the expanding multidisciplinary base of knowledge about obsessive relational intrusion (ORI) and stalking, presenting a comprehensive scholarly consideration of these behaviors. Their  More...

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Book details

List price: $72.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 4/14/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.628

Authors William R. Cupach and Brian H. Spitzberg synthesize the expanding multidisciplinary base of knowledge about obsessive relational intrusion (ORI) and stalking, presenting a comprehensive scholarly consideration of these behaviors. Their inclusive approach is reflected in the breadth of research represented, including social, clinical and forensic psychology, psychiatry, counseling, communication, criminal justice, law enforcement, sociology, social work, threat assessment and management, and family studies. The work also draws upon the multidisciplinary scholarship on social and personal relationships. The chapters in this volume: *provide historical and definitional frames for studying unwanted relationship pursuit, and consider the role of such sources as the media, law, and social science research in shaping the contemporary multifaceted and multifarious conceptualizations of stalking; *elaborate the authors' assumption that much unwanted relationship pursuit owes to complications inherent in the processes of constructing and dismantling relationships, examine the factors that conspire to create slippage between two persons' conceptions of their "shared" relationship, and explore the cultural practices associated with relationship dissolution that tend to reinforce persistence in unwanted pursuit; *chart the topography of unwanted pursuit, offering a unique and comprehensive synthesis of relevant research bearing on several issues, and a review of the temporal stages and characteristics of stalking; *consider promising theories and variables for explaining the occurrence of unwanted pursuit; and *discuss the issues pertinent to threat assessment, managing unwanted pursuit and offering a comprehensive typology of victim consequences of pursuit. The volume concludes with thoughts about "correcting courtship." Drawing on the interpersonal competence literature, Cupach and Spitzberg speculate on ways in which enhancing relationship management skills could help diminish the incidence and debilitating consequences of ORI and stalking. With this work, the authors provide a clearer picture of the current state of knowledge about stalking, and in so doing, identify productive paths for scholarly inquiry and ultimately bolster the effectiveness of prevention and intervention efforts. The volume is destined to promote and publicize the multidisciplinary nature of stalking research such that cross-fertilization of interested fields might yield new and better insights. It will be required reading for the cross-disciplinary community of academics and professionals who are committed to understanding and responding to unwanted relationship pursuit and stalking.

Seyom Brown is the Lawrence A. Wien Professor of International Cooperation at Brandeis University and an Affiliate of the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. He has held senior research positions with the Brookings Institution, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the RAND Corporation. He is a widely published author in the fields of international relations and United States foreign policy.

Preface
The Evolution of Relationship Intimacy and Intrusion
The Pursuit of Ordinary Relationships
The Topography of Unwanted Pursuit
Explaining Unwanted Pursuit
Managing Unwanted Pursuit
Appendices
Short-Form Measures of Obsessive Relational Intrusion and Coping
Primary Studies Included in Research Summary
Raw Items for the Unwanted Pursuit Motivation Typology
Coded Stalking and Unwanted Pursuit Tactics
Measure of Symptoms Due to ORI and Stalking
Prevalence of Symptoms Across 35 Studies of Stalking and ORI Victimization
Typology of Stalking and Unwanted Pursuit Coping Strategies and Tactics

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