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Celebrity worship


  • using the celebrity attitude scale CAS
  • 17 item scale
  • lower scores more individualistic
  • higher socres more obsseive

Common or not?

  • studies have showed that 1/3 of students scored about the mid points of the three scales; entertainment, intense and pathological (para-social relationships)
  • later study showed of a sample of 400 18-47 year olds 15% entertainment, 5% intense 2% pathological



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Celebrity worship..

Developmental factors:

  • a study of 833 chinese students showed that 'idol worship' was responsiblie for lower levels of self-esteem, work echievemnt and less idnetity achievement
  • studies have shows that celeb worship can also effect behavioural representations of poor psychological well-being from the attempts to escape everyday life
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Commentary - Celeb worship


  • students who worshipped a family memeber or someone who they came into contanct with on a regular basis
  • showede higher levels of self esteem, work achievement than those who worshipped tv stars
  • as people in our lives can offer advice and tanigable impact

Negavtive consequence

  • high profile celeb suicides follow high number of suicides in general population
  • when having a pathological relationship with a star by whom is rebellious it can lead to negative consequences


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Commentary - Celeb worship

Evolutionary explanation:

  • its natural
  • our ancestors would of done so when considering the best hunter
  • however now we don't hunt so look up to individuals that are famous and have fortune of what we want
  • we value those individuals according to how successful they are
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Para-social breavement

  • a study that used the BBC tribute page after the deaths of Princess Diana and Jill Dando a BBC presenter
  • revelaved the true nature of the celebs para-social relationships that had developed
  • messages were left with reference to 'knowing them' and was also seen to say how they were 'taken aback'
  • when infact these people did not know them!
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stalking invovles repeated and persisten attempts to impose unwanted communication or contanct on another person

Types of stalking:

  • 2 types
  • 1 in 5 stalkers develop a love or an obession for someone even though they are not in a relationship
  • they usually suffer from delusional thought patterns and mental illnesses
  • many are unable to build real relationships so they build of their fantasies
  • 2nd type is when there has been a previous relationship
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Cyber stallking

  • this has been due to the creation of modern technology
  • E.G unwanted emails
  • report said that over 13% of undergraduate females were stalked in this way
  • 15% recieving emails that were harrassing, threatening or insulting
  • cyber stalking means that people are anonmyus so therefore it can lead to antisocial behaviour
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Commentary - stalking


  • Germany postal survey showed that:

1. women were stalked

2. men were the stalkers

3. it has changed their lifestyle

4. various physical and mental repsones to being stalked

  • 56% had been stalked
  • 44% developed some kind of anxiety
  • 41% had sleep issues
  • 28% depression

highlighting that more mental help needs to be given to vicitms

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Commentary - stalking

Insercure attachments:

  • a study showed that stalkers when compared to a control group and a community group had signifcant more insecure attachments

Tolerance to cyber stalking:

  • cyber stalkers can't see the effects of what they are doing to someone
  • therfore for to achieve and satisfy their needs they become tolernt to less harmful aspects and can become very extreme

Perception of cyber stalkers:

  • cyberstalking is not taken seriously
  • students were given a real life report of cyber stalking that was very serious and the person was prosecuted
  • however only 30% thought it was stalking behaviours
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