Intense fandom

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  • Intense fandom
    • Celebrity worship
      • Most research on CW uses the celeb attitude scale (CAS)
      • How common is it? Maltby et al 2004 - a sample of 372 people aged 18 o 47. 15% were entertainment social, 5% at the intense personal level and less than 2% at boderline pathological.
      • Developmental problems? Cheunge & Yue 2003 - telephone study of 833 chinese teenagers. Found idol worship was associated with lower levels of study and low self esteem.
        • Developmental problems? Maltby et al 2001 - CW have lower levels of psychological well being than non CW.
    • Celebrity stalking
      • Meloy 1998 - if a fans attempt to contact or approach a celeb is unwanted, repetitive and provokes fear in the celeb, then their behaviour may be labelled as criminal harassment or stalking.
      • 1 in 5 stalkers develops a love obsession or fixation. They suffer from delusions and most are unable to develop normal relationships.
      • Bartholomew & Horowitz 1991 - proposed a model of adult attachment style based on individuals working models of self and others.
      • CS Evaluation
        • Many strategies used by stalkers, e.g. same place and time, are basic human rights.
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    • CW Evaluation
      • Phillips 1974 - high profile celeb suicides are often followed by increased numbers of suicides amongst the public.
      • Sheridan 2007 - pathological worshippers are often drawn to anti social celebs and seek to emulate them.
  • How common is it? Maltby et al 2004 - a sample of 372 people aged 18 o 47. 15% were entertainment social, 5% at the intense personal level and less than 2% at boderline pathological.

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