Although behaviors that we today identify as stalking have occurred throughout history, the recognition and systematic inves- tigation of stalking are quite recent. Italy’s antistalking law is fairly new, and factors such as cultural myths, stereotypical beliefs, and definitional ambiguities continue to cause problems in the inter- pretation and recognition of stalking among the general public. This study examined perceptions and attitudes of 2 groups of Italian criminology students at 2 different times, before and after the implementation of Italy’s 2009 antistalking law. The Stalking Attitudes Questionnaire (McKeon, Ogloff, & Mullen, 2009) was administered to samples in 2007 and 2010. Results revealed sig- nificant changes in some beliefs and attitudes between the pre- and post-assessments. Interpretation suggests that the combination of Italian antistalking legislation and increased attention to research seem to have decreased students’ adherence to stalking myths.

The Impact of Criminalization of Stalking on Italian Students: Adherence to Stalking Myths / DE FAZIO, Giovanna Laura; Sgarbi, Chiara; Moore, J.; Spitzberg, B. H.. - In: JOURNAL OF AGGRESSION, MALTREATMENT & TRAUMA. - ISSN 1092-6771. - ELETTRONICO. - 24:10(2015), pp. 1106-1122. [10.1080/10926771.2015.1079280]

The Impact of Criminalization of Stalking on Italian Students: Adherence to Stalking Myths

DE FAZIO, Giovanna Laura;SGARBI, Chiara;
2015-01-01

Abstract

Although behaviors that we today identify as stalking have occurred throughout history, the recognition and systematic inves- tigation of stalking are quite recent. Italy’s antistalking law is fairly new, and factors such as cultural myths, stereotypical beliefs, and definitional ambiguities continue to cause problems in the inter- pretation and recognition of stalking among the general public. This study examined perceptions and attitudes of 2 groups of Italian criminology students at 2 different times, before and after the implementation of Italy’s 2009 antistalking law. The Stalking Attitudes Questionnaire (McKeon, Ogloff, & Mullen, 2009) was administered to samples in 2007 and 2010. Results revealed sig- nificant changes in some beliefs and attitudes between the pre- and post-assessments. Interpretation suggests that the combination of Italian antistalking legislation and increased attention to research seem to have decreased students’ adherence to stalking myths.
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The Impact of Criminalization of Stalking on Italian Students: Adherence to Stalking Myths / DE FAZIO, Giovanna Laura; Sgarbi, Chiara; Moore, J.; Spitzberg, B. H.. - In: JOURNAL OF AGGRESSION, MALTREATMENT & TRAUMA. - ISSN 1092-6771. - ELETTRONICO. - 24:10(2015), pp. 1106-1122. [10.1080/10926771.2015.1079280]
DE FAZIO, Giovanna Laura; Sgarbi, Chiara; Moore, J.; Spitzberg, B. H.
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