Davis, K.E. / Published 2006 / Article
Citation: Davis, K.E. (2006). Stalkers and their Worlds. In K. E. Davis, & R. M Bergner (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology: Vol. 8 (pp. 325-348). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.
Abstract: This chapter proposes a synthesis of clinical and forensic studies of stalker types, suggesting that the vast majority of cases can be encompassed by six types. The types are (a) rejected, previously abusive, partner; (b) rejected, nondangerous partner; (c) love obsessional stalker; (d) erotomanic stalker; (e) disorganized, delusional obsessional stalker; and (f ) sadistic stalker. The Paradigm Case methodology, originally developed by Ossorio (1981), is the major tool for delineating the types. The characteristics of each type identified in this analysis are used to delineate potentially successful strategies for treatment of stalkers and the management of cases that currently have poor prognosis for treatment. A successful case application of a status-dynamic world reconstructive therapy (Roberts, 1985) is illustrated for a rejected, nondangerous stalker—one of the most common types (Meloy, 2002; Sheridan & Boone, 2001). These six types and the differential plans for treatment and case management should be helpful both to criminal justice and to mental health personnel. We identify briefly the crucial steps in risk management plans for victims.