Although significant attention has been devoted to adult perpetrators and victims of stalking, there is persuasive evidence that stalking begins at a much younger age. Stalking in Children and Adolescents: The Primitive Bond offers mental health professionals and attorneys a review of current research on stalking and related forms of obsessional harassment as well as recommendations for assessment and treatment of young stalking victims and perpetrators.

The book explores related forms of obsessional harassment such as bullying, sexual harassment, and dating violence and provides a psychodynamic conceptualization of stalking with a particular emphasis on developmental issues related to attachment, identity formation, and emotional states involving jealousy, envy, and anger. Practical recommendations for managing stalking cases, implementing policy, and maintaining personal safety make this an invaluable resource for mental health professionals, parents, and school officials.

Table of Contents





  1. What Is Stalking?
  2. Stalking as a Problem in Young People
  3. The Nature of Stalking in Young People
  4. The Development of Stalking
  5. The Early Signs
  6. The Risk of Violence
  7. The Impact on Victims
  8. Interventions and Case Management
  9. Legal Responses



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