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Effect of the breakup context on unwanted pursuit behavior perpetration between former partners

Olivia De Smet (UGent) , Ann Buysse (UGent) and Ruben Brondeel (UGent)
(2011) JOURNAL OF FORENSIC SCIENCES. 56(4). p.934-941
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Former partners comprise the most important subgroup of stalkers. However, contextual factors related to the breakup are hardly examined to explain ex-partner pursuit. In a community sample of 194 separated persons, about one-fifth perpetrated at least one unwanted pursuit behavior in the past 2 weeks. Being female, lowly educated, and socially undesirable raised the number of perpetrated behaviors. Beyond these effects, the number of behaviors increased when the cause of the break was attributed to the ex-partner or external factors and when the ex was appraised as the breakup initiator. Breakup reasons, the ex-partner's lack in meeting family obligations and own infidelity, also related to pursuit behaviors albeit inferior to subjective attributions and appraisals of initiation. Finally, participants who felt more anxious or lonely negative showed more behaviors. The results enlighten that the breakup context gains further attention. Clinical treatment might benefit from fostering cognitive reconstructions and breakup adjustment.
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reasons, count data, locus of cause, initiator, individual adjustment, separation, breakup, unwanted pursuit, stalking, forensic science, VIOLENCE, REGRESSION, ADJUSTMENT, ATTACHMENT, DIVORCE, PERSISTENCE, PERSPECTIVES, STALKERS, SOCIAL DESIRABILITY SCALE, STALKING

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De Smet, Olivia, Ann Buysse, and Ruben Brondeel. 2011. “Effect of the Breakup Context on Unwanted Pursuit Behavior Perpetration Between Former Partners.” Journal of Forensic Sciences 56 (4): 934–941.
APA
De Smet, O., Buysse, A., & Brondeel, R. (2011). Effect of the breakup context on unwanted pursuit behavior perpetration between former partners. JOURNAL OF FORENSIC SCIENCES, 56(4), 934–941.
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De Smet O, Buysse A, Brondeel R. Effect of the breakup context on unwanted pursuit behavior perpetration between former partners. JOURNAL OF FORENSIC SCIENCES. 2011;56(4):934–41.
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De Smet, Olivia, Ann Buysse, and Ruben Brondeel. “Effect of the Breakup Context on Unwanted Pursuit Behavior Perpetration Between Former Partners.” JOURNAL OF FORENSIC SCIENCES 56.4 (2011): 934–941. Print.
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  abstract     = {Former partners comprise the most important subgroup of stalkers. However, contextual factors related to the breakup are hardly examined to explain ex-partner pursuit. In a community sample of 194 separated persons, about one-fifth perpetrated at least one unwanted pursuit behavior in the past 2 weeks. Being female, lowly educated, and socially undesirable raised the number of perpetrated behaviors. Beyond these effects, the number of behaviors increased when the cause of the break was attributed to the ex-partner or external factors and when the ex was appraised as the breakup initiator. Breakup reasons, the ex-partner's lack in meeting family obligations and own infidelity, also related to pursuit behaviors albeit inferior to subjective attributions and appraisals of initiation. Finally, participants who felt more anxious or lonely negative showed more behaviors. The results enlighten that the breakup context gains further attention. Clinical treatment might benefit from fostering cognitive reconstructions and breakup adjustment.},
  author       = {De Smet, Olivia and Buysse, Ann and Brondeel, Ruben},
  issn         = {0022-1198},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF FORENSIC SCIENCES},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {934--941},
  title        = {Effect of the breakup context on unwanted pursuit behavior perpetration between former partners},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1556-4029.2011.01745.x},
  volume       = {56},
  year         = {2011},
}

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