Obsessive relational intrusion: Incidence, perceived severity and coping.

  • Cupach W
  • Spitzberg B
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Two experiments investigated the phenomenon of obsessive relational intrusion (ORI), defined as repeated and unwanted pursuit and invasion of one's sense of physical or symbolic privacy by another person, either stranger or acquaintance, who desires and/or presumes an intimate relationship. Exp 1 examined the incidence of a range of relationally intrusive behaviors, to identify the coping responses employed by victims, and assessed the associations between coping responses and ORI behaviors among 2 samples of college students: 366 Ss with a mean age of 21.72 yrs and 300 Ss with a mean age of 20.67 yrs. Exp 2 assessed the perceived degree of severity of ORI behaviors among 209 18–36 yr old college students. Results reveal that each of 63 ORI behaviors was experienced by 3–78% of all Ss. Four types of ORI behavior were revealed: pursuit, violation, threat, and hyper-intimacy. Responses for coping with ORI consisted of interaction, protection, retaliation, and evasion. Virtually all ORI behaviors were perceived to be annoying. Some types of ORI behaviors were perceived to be more threatening, upsetting and privacy-invading than others. Women consistently perceived ORI behaviors to be more annoying, upsetting, threatening, and privacy-invading. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • 3230:Behavior Disorders & Antisocial Behavior
  • Adult Attitudes
  • Adulthood (18 yrs & older)
  • Coping Behavior
  • Empirical Study
  • Female
  • Human
  • Male
  • Severity (Disorders)
  • Stalking
  • Thirties (30-39 yrs)
  • US
  • Young Adulthood (18-29 yrs)
  • article
  • coping responses & perceived severity of obsessive

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  • William R Cupach

  • Brian H Spitzberg

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