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The Phenomenology of Group Stalking (‘Gang-Stalking’): A Content Analysis of Subjective Experiences

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School of Psychology, Curtin University, Perth, WA 6102, Australia
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Theseus Risk, Cavalier Court, Cheltenham SN14 6LH, UK
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(7), 2506; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17072506
Received: 12 March 2020 / Revised: 3 April 2020 / Accepted: 3 April 2020 / Published: 6 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Psycho-criminology, Crime, and the Law)
Epidemiological data suggest that as many as 0.66% of adult women and 0.17% of adult men in the western world may suffer the subjective experience of being group-stalked (‘gang stalked’) at some point in their lives. Yet the gang stalking experience has been subject to little scientific study. This paper reports an attempt to elicit the core phenomena involved in gang-stalking by allowing them to emerge de novo through the qualitative analysis of accounts of individuals who describe being gang-stalked. Fifty descriptions of gang-stalking that satisfied study inclusion criteria were identified from the internet and subjected to content analysis. Twenty-four core phenomena were elicited, together with 11 principal sequelae of the experience of being gang-stalked. These were then divided into groups, producing a framework for the phenomena of the gang-stalking experience. The results were compared with frequencies of the same categories of experience then extracted from the original data of the only previous study on gang-stalking phenomena. Whilst the methodology of the current study was more rigorous, the core phenomena were similar in each. The current study confirmed the seriousness of the sequelae of the gang-stalking experience. These support the need for further exploration of the phenomenon, for which this study forms a basis. View Full-Text
Keywords: phenomenology; stalking; gang-stalking; group stalking; prevalence; psychological sequelae phenomenology; stalking; gang-stalking; group stalking; prevalence; psychological sequelae
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Sheridan, L.; James, D.V.; Roth, J. The Phenomenology of Group Stalking (‘Gang-Stalking’): A Content Analysis of Subjective Experiences. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 2506. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17072506

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Sheridan L, James DV, Roth J. The Phenomenology of Group Stalking (‘Gang-Stalking’): A Content Analysis of Subjective Experiences. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(7):2506. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17072506

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Sheridan, Lorraine, David V. James, and Jayden Roth. 2020. "The Phenomenology of Group Stalking (‘Gang-Stalking’): A Content Analysis of Subjective Experiences" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 7: 2506. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17072506

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