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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, et al. “Unwanted Pursuit Behavior after Breakup: Occurrence, Risk Factors, and Gender Differences.” JOURNAL OF FAMILY VIOLENCE, vol. 30, no. 6, 2015, pp. 753–67, doi:10.1007/s10896-015-9687-9.
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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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10896-015-9687-9
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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): 753–67. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10896-015-9687-9.
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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. doi:10.1007/s10896-015-9687-9.
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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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O. De Smet, K. Uzieblo, T. Loeys, A. Buysse, and T. Onraedt, “Unwanted pursuit behavior after breakup: occurrence, risk factors, and gender differences,” JOURNAL OF FAMILY VIOLENCE, vol. 30, no. 6, pp. 753–767, 2015.
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