Perceptions and experiences of intrusive behaviour and stalking: Comparing LGBTIQ and heterosexual groups

Sheridan, Lorraine; Scott, Adrian J. and Campbell, Amy M.. 2019. Perceptions and experiences of intrusive behaviour and stalking: Comparing LGBTIQ and heterosexual groups. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 34(7), pp. 1388-1409. ISSN 0886-2605 [Article]

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The present research employed a mixed-methods approach and quasi-experimental design to examine perceptions and experiences of intrusive behavior (comprising 47 individual intrusive activities) within individuals identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, or queer (LGBTIQ) with a matched (in terms of age, sex, and income) sample of individuals identifying as heterosexual (N = 214). Despite only minor differences between the LGBTIQ and heterosexual groups concerning perceptions of the acceptability of intrusive behavior, the LGBTIQ group was more likely to report experiencing a range of individual intrusive activities and to report experiencing stalking victimization (self-reported rates of 35.5% vs. 15.0%). Participant sex and personal experience of being stalked were minimally associated with perceptions of the acceptability of intrusive behavior. Sexual orientation significantly predicted whether a person had experienced stalking victimization, whereas participant sex did not. The qualitative analysis revealed that the two groups shared some experiences of intrusive behavior, whereas others represented a unique subset of intrusions that related to sexual orientation.

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stalking, GLBT, community violence

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Psychology > Forensic Psychology Unit


29 April 2016Accepted
27 May 2016Published Online

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18 May 2017 09:47

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13 May 2022 15:36

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Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.


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