Clients Who Stalk Psychologists: Prevalence, Methods, and Motives.

  title={Clients Who Stalk Psychologists: Prevalence, Methods, and Motives.},
  author={Rosemary Purcell and Martine B. Powell and Paul Edward Mullen},
  journal={Professional Psychology: Research and Practice},
There is emerging recognition that psychologists are susceptible to various forms of intrusiveness by clients, including stalking. Information regarding the contexts in which stalking emerges and the behaviors to which clinicians are subjected is limited. A random sample of Australian psychologists (N = 1,750) was surveyed to ascertain the prevalence, nature, and occupational impact of stalking by clients. Of the 830 respondents, 19.5% had been stalked for 2 weeks or more. Psychologists… 

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