PSYA4 Celebrity Stalking

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  • Celebrity Stalking
    • A01
      • Stalking involves persistent and repeated attempts to impose unwanted communication or contact which usually results in fear
      • Meloy reported that stalkers both celebrities and non-celebrities often have a history of failed sexual relationships, with them not being one in the time the stalking occurs.
      • Muccutcheon measured attraction to celebrity, finding adults with insecure attachment types had positive behaviours towards obsessive behaviours and stalking
        • He also found that pathological attachment types have a tendency to stalk, implying that stalking behaviours is related to childhood attachment patterns
      • Bartholomew + Horowitz proposed a model of adult attachment, one is 'pre-occupied' which has been linked to celebrity stalking and individuals with it have poor self-image of themselves and have a positive image of others.
    • A02
      • There is research into celebrity stalking that has real world applications.
        • Roberts found that individuals with low self-esteem were motivated to approach others for self-validation and they are more prone to stalk. This pattern of attachment style is typical of pre-occupied attachment and supports the associated between pre-occupied and likelihood of approaching behaviours towards celebrities.
      • Stalking may have indication of attachment difficulties. Tonin provided evidence to support the proposition that celebrity stalking may be explained in terms of abnormal attachment.
        • She measured stalkers retrospective childhood attachment styles and their current one in order to see if stalkers detained under the mental health act.
          • It was found that stalkers had significantly more evidence of insecure adult attachment than the control group
      • Research into stalking is problematic, as definitions and assessments vary, conclusion drawn may lack reliability.
        • This suggests a need for agreed diagnostic criteria of classification in order for more research on the treatment of it.

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