31 Crim. Just. & Behavior 3 (2004)

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INTRODUCTION TO THE SPECIAL

ISSUE ON STALKING

Finding and Filling

the   Empirical Gaps



MAUREEN O'CONNOR
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
BARRY   ROSENFELD
Fordham University


B   ecause the term stalking has been applied to such a diverse range
    of behaviors, individuals, and situations, it has proven quite diffi-
cult to define and understand. As legislative efforts to criminalize
stalking have proliferated throughout the United States and other
developed countries, these definitional and conceptual problems have
resulted in gaps and ambiguities in both the language and enforcement
of these laws. Attempts to develop effective legal and clinical inter-
ventions, as well as provide services for stalking victims, have been
hindered by the confusion regarding who engages in stalking and why
this behavior occurs. Empirical research on stalking has also suffered
from the lack of a more thorough understanding of this phenomenon
as researchers rely on varying definitions, ad hoc measurement instru-
ments, and different conceptualizations, thus hindering systematic
growth in our knowledge of the topic. This special issue was designed
to showcase emerging lines of inquiry that hold promise for providing
a solid base of empiricism to support legal and clinical stalking
interventions.



CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND BEHAVIOR, Vol. 31 No. 1, February 2004 3-8
DOI: 10.1177/0093854803259239
 2004 American Association for Correctional Psychology


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