Due to the unclear definition of stalking among the public, law enforcement, and professionals, this study was conducted to examine college students' identification and response patterns to stalking behavior. The study was exploratory in nature and examined four hypotheses: (1) females are more likely to accurately identify stalking in a hypothetical scenario than their male counterparts, (2) subjects' ethnicity/race is related to accuracy in identifying a hypothetical stalking scenario, (3) subjects who accurately identify stalking believe they are more likely to recommend a close friend to report the incident, and (4) subjects who correctly identify a stalking scenario are more likely to hypothetically self-report victimization to an individual or group. A total of 317 criminal justice students from a Southern California university formed the sample. Chi-square analyses were conducted for all four hypotheses and the results are presented. Further research is suggested for clarification on identification of stalking behavior and examination on reporting and response patterns for victims of stalking.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social psychology, Criminology|
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