Facing Rejection: New Relationships, Broken Relationships, Shame and Stalking

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Title Facing Rejection: New Relationships, Broken Relationships, Shame and Stalking
Author Dennison, Susan Michelle; Stewart, Anna Louise
Journal Name International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Year Published 2006
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc.
Abstract This study provides a preliminary examination of the relationship among shame-proneness, emotions, and persistent, unwanted courting or pursuit behaviour. A total of 222 undergraduates completed a questionnaire measuring responses to the termination of a relationship or the declining of a date. The Test of Self-Conscious Affect was used to measure shame. Although shame was unrelated to types of intrusive behaviour, individuals who engaged more repetitively in covert pursuit tended to ruminate more over their love interest than did those who rarely engaged in such behaviour. Rumination was positively correlated with shame. Self-harm behaviours and harm toward others were associated with feelings of sadness and depression, and those who engaged more often in harm toward others also reported feelings of anger and jealousy. Conclusions are made regarding the function of shame and other emotions in intrusive behaviour and their potential relevance to treatment of stalkers.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://ijo.sagepub.com/
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0306624X05278077
Copyright Statement Copyright 2006 SAGE Publications. This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 50
Issue Number 3
Page from 324
Page to 337
ISSN 0306-624X
Date Accessioned 2006-07-03
Language en_AU
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject PRE2009-Psychology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/13695
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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