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Unwanted pursuit behavior after breakup: occurrence, risk factors, and gender differences

Olivia De Smet (UGent) , Katarzyna Uzieblo (UGent) , Tom Loeys (UGent) , Ann Buysse (UGent) and Thomas Onraedt (UGent)
(2015) JOURNAL OF FAMILY VIOLENCE. 30(6). p.753-767
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This study investigated unwanted pursuit behavior (UPB) perpetration in 631 adult ex-partners. UPB involves the unwanted pursuit of intimacy, a widespread and usually less severe form of stalking. The occurrence and various risk factors of UPB perpetration were examined, accounting for differences between male and female ex-partners and same- and opposite-gender ex-partners. Ex-partners showed on average five to six UPBs after their separation. Male and female and same- and opposite-gender ex-partners displayed an equal number of UPBs. The number of perpetrated UPBs was explained by breakup characteristics (ex-partner initiation of the breakup and rumination or cognitive preoccupation with the ex-partner), relationship characteristics (anxious attachment in the former relationship), and individual perpetrator characteristics (borderline traits and past delinquent behaviors). Rumination was a stronger predictor in female than male ex-partners. Borderline traits and anxious attachment positively predicted UPB perpetration in opposite-gender but not in same-gender ex-partners. Implications of these findings are discussed.
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Male and female ex-partners, Same- and opposite-gender ex-partners, Determinants, Prevalence, EMPATHY QUOTIENT, NARCISSISTIC PERSONALITY-INVENTORY, PSYCHOMETRIC ANALYSIS, INFREQUENT OUTCOMES, COMMUNITY SAMPLE, MSI-BPD, FORMER PARTNERS, STALKING, ATTACHMENT, VALIDITY, Separation, Stalking related behavior

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De Smet, Olivia, Katarzyna Uzieblo, Tom Loeys, Ann Buysse, and Thomas Onraedt. 2015. “Unwanted Pursuit Behavior After Breakup: Occurrence, Risk Factors, and Gender Differences.” Journal of Family Violence 30 (6): 753–767.
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De Smet, O., Uzieblo, K., Loeys, T., Buysse, A., & Onraedt, T. (2015). Unwanted pursuit behavior after breakup: occurrence, risk factors, and gender differences. JOURNAL OF FAMILY VIOLENCE, 30(6), 753–767.
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De Smet O, Uzieblo K, Loeys T, Buysse A, Onraedt T. Unwanted pursuit behavior after breakup: occurrence, risk factors, and gender differences. JOURNAL OF FAMILY VIOLENCE. 2015;30(6):753–67.
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De Smet, Olivia, Katarzyna Uzieblo, Tom Loeys, et al. “Unwanted Pursuit Behavior After Breakup: Occurrence, Risk Factors, and Gender Differences.” JOURNAL OF FAMILY VIOLENCE 30.6 (2015): 753–767. Print.
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  abstract     = {This study investigated unwanted pursuit behavior (UPB) perpetration in 631 adult ex-partners. UPB involves the unwanted pursuit of intimacy, a widespread and usually less severe form of stalking. The occurrence and various risk factors of UPB perpetration were examined, accounting for differences between male and female ex-partners and same- and opposite-gender ex-partners. Ex-partners showed on average five to six UPBs after their separation. Male and female and same- and opposite-gender ex-partners displayed an equal number of UPBs. The number of perpetrated UPBs was explained by breakup characteristics (ex-partner initiation of the breakup and rumination or cognitive preoccupation with the ex-partner), relationship characteristics (anxious attachment in the former relationship), and individual perpetrator characteristics (borderline traits and past delinquent behaviors). Rumination was a stronger predictor in female than male ex-partners. Borderline traits and anxious attachment positively predicted UPB perpetration in opposite-gender but not in same-gender ex-partners. Implications of these findings are discussed.},
  author       = {De Smet, Olivia and Uzieblo, Katarzyna and Loeys, Tom and Buysse, Ann and Onraedt, Thomas},
  issn         = {0885-7482},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF FAMILY VIOLENCE},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {6},
  pages        = {753--767},
  title        = {Unwanted pursuit behavior after breakup: occurrence, risk factors, and gender differences},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10896-015-9687-9},
  volume       = {30},
  year         = {2015},
}

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