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Starting Point 05 Minutes
In pairs consider the following image and quotations :
“You’ve set up a false
account in my name...
Katherine Jenkins confronts online
stalker on Twitter
“You have no right to harass me as you’ve
done for the past year”
“S...
Stalking
Celebrity
This Lesson we will consider…
• How can Celebrity Stalking be
defined?
• What is the impact on the Celebrity?
• What are t...
Celebrity Stalking
Stalking = “the wilful, malicious and repeated
following or harassing of another person that
threatens ...
Private Versus Public
Private = there has been a previous
romantic or personal relationship
between the stalker and the vi...
Celebrity Stalking
Acceptable?
Is stalking
acceptable today?
Celebrity Stalking
Acceptable?
Impact on the Victim:
- Dressing et al. (2005) – 11.5% of sample had been
victims of stalki...
Celebrity Stalking
Acceptable?
- Use of email, Facebook, Twitter, spamming, and even computer viruses.
- Anonymous & incre...
Suspect Stalker Task
It’s your job to identify who
is the stalker…
Mike Read was a very famous
DJ. He worked on a number o...
Suspect Stalker Task
-3 of you are the suspects – Each have an information sheet
about themselves.
-The rest of you will b...
Suspect Stalker Task
When making your decision I want you to
consider:
1) What characteristics or traits suggest they
are ...
So, what do you think makes a
stalker?
So, what makes a Stalker?
Factors Associated with Stalking Behaviour:
- Mental Health: Stalkers suffer from delusional tho...
So, what makes a Stalker?
• Attachment Type: Kienlen (1998) says that the motivations of
stalkers are different, depending...
Types of Stalker
Meloy (2001): Two types
• Love Obsession = Fixation with someone with whom they have no
personal acquaint...
Evaluation AO2
 How much of this research applies specifically to Celebrity Stalking?
 The evidence shows that motives d...
It’s time to meet the stalker…
Blue Tullip Rose Read
Suspect 2
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  1. 1. Starting Point 05 Minutes In pairs consider the following image and quotations : “You’ve set up a false account in my name where you slate and destroy my character” Think about what this could be a reference to & discuss with your partner.
  2. 2. Katherine Jenkins confronts online stalker on Twitter “You have no right to harass me as you’ve done for the past year” “Sending in a question to be read on live TV to “make me look clueless” was utterly pathetic and you clearly failed.” “After blocking you, you still tried to find a way to get to me and this morning was a step too far.” “The sad thing is you’ll probably enjoy the attention which is why I haven’t mentioned your Twitter name, but I know who you are.”
  3. 3. Stalking Celebrity
  4. 4. This Lesson we will consider… • How can Celebrity Stalking be defined? • What is the impact on the Celebrity? • What are the characteristics/traits of a Celebrity Stalker? • Real life Celebrity Stalking cases.
  5. 5. Celebrity Stalking Stalking = “the wilful, malicious and repeated following or harassing of another person that threatens his or her safety.” e.g. repeated and persistent attempts to impose unwanted communication and contact – emails, text messaging, phone calls, personal contact. Mullen et al. (1999) = majority of cases start out with prior contact between stalker & victim.
  6. 6. Private Versus Public Private = there has been a previous romantic or personal relationship between the stalker and the victim Public = there has not been any previous relationship between the stalker and the victim. i.e. Celebrity
  7. 7. Celebrity Stalking Acceptable? Is stalking acceptable today?
  8. 8. Celebrity Stalking Acceptable? Impact on the Victim: - Dressing et al. (2005) – 11.5% of sample had been victims of stalking. - Significant decrease in psychological health. - Most victims had changed their lifestyles since being stalked. - Side effects included – anxiety, agitation, sleep disturbance and depression.
  9. 9. Celebrity Stalking Acceptable? - Use of email, Facebook, Twitter, spamming, and even computer viruses. - Anonymous & increases opportunities (Finn, 2004). - No face to face contact allowing more risks and less fear! - Fisher & Cullen (2000) – Survey of 4000 female students = 13% described being cyber stalked. A02  But is it taken seriously today? Alexy et al. (2005) gave students a real life case of cyberbullying. Only 30% judged it to be stalking.  Sheridan & Grant (2007) Cyberstalking provides less reinforcement, less opportunity to observe the impact and less thrill. Cyberstalking
  10. 10. Suspect Stalker Task It’s your job to identify who is the stalker… Mike Read was a very famous DJ. He worked on a number of radio stations. During his time on Classic FM he was stalked. He received threatening letters but couldn’t make out the signature. The Police identified 3 suspects who have previously met Mike Read.
  11. 11. Suspect Stalker Task -3 of you are the suspects – Each have an information sheet about themselves. -The rest of you will be split into 3 groups -In a clockwise rotation each suspect will visit your group and tell you about themselves. They also have an answer to a question which you can choose to ask them if you wish. The question is detailed on your worksheet. (3 minutes per group). -After you’ve seen all suspects you will have 5 minutes to make your decision. -You must write the answer on your whiteboard. -In turn each group will declare who they think is the stalker and why?
  12. 12. Suspect Stalker Task When making your decision I want you to consider: 1) What characteristics or traits suggest they are the stalker? 2) What reasons do they give for liking Mike Read? 3) What was the main factor which helped you to make your final decision? USE YOUR WORKSHEET TO WRITE DOWN THE KEY POINTS FOR EACH SUSPECT!
  13. 13. So, what do you think makes a stalker?
  14. 14. So, what makes a Stalker? Factors Associated with Stalking Behaviour: - Mental Health: Stalkers suffer from delusional thought patterns and may suffer from mental illness such as Schizophrenia. (Meloy, 2001). -Mullen (2008) – 20,000 incidents of stalking the Royal Family. 80% of stalkers were those with psychotic disorders like schizophrenia. These stalkers were also different from stalkers of non celebrities. Separate phenomenon? - Failed Relationships: Stalkers have a history of failed sexual relationships – stalking is a reaction to loneliness and isolation. (Meloy, 1998) - Attachment: Tonin (2004) – Investigated attachment styles of Stalkers detained under the Mental Health Act. Used a self report method. Stalkers had significantly more evidence of insecure attachment than a control group.
  15. 15. So, what makes a Stalker? • Attachment Type: Kienlen (1998) says that the motivations of stalkers are different, depending on the kind of insecure attachment they have.
  16. 16. Types of Stalker Meloy (2001): Two types • Love Obsession = Fixation with someone with whom they have no personal acquaintance (a celebrity). They suffer from delusions and Schizophrenia. They are unable to develop real life relationships and resort to fantasy. The celebrity is their love interest • Simple Obsession = Develops as a result of a previous personal or romantic relationship between the stalker and the victim. • AO2  Supports link with relationships and mental health
  17. 17. Evaluation AO2  How much of this research applies specifically to Celebrity Stalking?  The evidence shows that motives differ significantly – diversity.  Questionnaire, Correlational & Self Report data..?  Research has real life implications for how we can treat stalkers who are mentally ill.
  18. 18. It’s time to meet the stalker… Blue Tullip Rose Read Suspect 2

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