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Perceptions and personal experiences of unwanted attention among Portuguese male students

Pereira, F.; Matos, M.; Sheridan, L. and Scott, A.J.. 2015. Perceptions and personal experiences of unwanted attention among Portuguese male students. Psychology, Crime and Law, 21(4), pp. 398-411. ISSN 1068-316X [Article]

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Abstract or Description

The present study investigated male perceptions and personal experiences of ‘unwanted attention’ (UA), as well as possible associations between perceptions and personal experiences of UA. Ninety-one male college students, from five Portuguese universities, were asked to indicate which of a continuum of 47 behaviours represented UA. Although UA, stalking and harassment are rarely addressed in Portugal, male college students shared a clear understanding of what behaviours constituted UA, with the identification of four main categories of UA behaviours: ‘aggressive’, ‘threatening’, ‘classic’ and ‘dysfunctional attachment’. Almost all participants (96%) reported personal experiences of at least one UA behaviour. There was a minimal relationship between perceptions and personal experiences of the individual behaviours. The findings highlight the widespread risk of male victimisation and the need to legitimise male complaints.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/1068316X.2014.989167

Keywords:

unwanted attention, perceptions, personal experiences, male, college students

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology > Forensic Psychology Unit

Dates:

DateEvent
17 October 2014Accepted
24 December 2014Published Online
2015Published

Item ID:

20433

Date Deposited:

18 May 2017 10:45

Last Modified:

19 Mar 2019 11:50

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/20433

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