Statewide Estimates of Stalking Among High School Students in Kentucky: Demographic Profile and Sex Differences

Bonnie S. Fisher, Ann L. Coker, Lisandra S. Garcia, Corrine M. Williams, Emily R. Clear, Patricia G. Cook-Craig

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Abstract

This large, statewide sample from 26 high schools provided the first population-based estimates of stalking victimization and perpetration among adolescent females and males. Our stalking definition required that pursuing tactics occurred at least 3 times in the past 12 months and included being followed, spied on, or monitored; someone showed up or waited for you when you did not want them to; and receiving unwanted messages. Among 18,013 students, 16.5% disclosed being stalked and 5.3% stalking; 2.8% disclosed both stalking victimization and perpetration. A majority of students reported being most afraid of a former boyfriend or girlfriend as the stalker.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1258-1279
Number of pages22
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume20
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 11 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Research was supported by the Centers for Control and Disease Prevention Cooperative Agreement 5U01CE001675.

Publisher Copyright:
© The Author(s) 2014.

Keywords

  • adolescents
  • high school
  • perpetration
  • stalking
  • victimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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