Psychopathy and stalking

Jennifer Storey, Stephen Hart

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We examined the association between psychopathy, assessed using the Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised: Screening Version (Hart et al., Manual for the psychopathy checklist screening version (PCL:SV), 1995), and stalking in 61 men convicted of stalking-related offenses. Psychopathic symptoms were rare, but their presence—especially that of affective deficit symptoms—was associated with victimization of casual acquaintances and with several risk factors from the Guidelines for Stalking Assessment and Management (SAM) (Kropp et al., Guidelines for stalking assessment and management, 2008a), including stalking in violation of supervision orders, degree of preoccupation with victims, and targeting of victims with limited access to external resources. The findings suggest that in spite of their rarity, psychopathic traits may be important in the assessment and management of stalking risk.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-246
Number of pages10
JournalLaw and Human Behavior
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009


  • Psychopathy
  • stalking
  • risk assessment
  • PCL:SV
  • SAM

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