Departmental Seminar Series: Dr Adrian Scott
Stalking-like behaviour has a long history but the introduction of stalking legislation is relatively recent. One of the main issues surrounding the introduction of stalking legislation is how to differentiate between 'stalking' and 'non-stalking' behaviour. Stalking does not comprise a single distressing event, but encompasses a series of intrusions over a prolonged period of time that may appear routine and harmless in isolation. In this talk, I will outline some of the complexities associated with defining and legislating against stalking. I will also outline research that has examined the influence of various extra-legal characteristics on perceptions of stalking in an attempt to identify which characteristics separate stalking from non-stalking behaviour in the public mind. I will pay particular attention to perceptions that differ from reality and the reasons why these differences matter from a variety of perspectives (e.g., victim, bystanders and law officials).
Adrian is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and a member of the Forensic Psychology Unit in the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Prior to this appointment, he worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer in the School of Arts and Humanities at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. Adrian has a broad interest in Forensic and Criminological Psychology, specialising in the areas of perceptions of stalking, investigative interviewing and eyewitness testimony. He completed his PhD in Psychology at the University of Bath and his MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology at the University of Leicester.
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