Stalking Myth-Attributions: Examining the Role of Individual and Contextual Variables on Attributions in Unwanted Pursuit Scenarios

  • Sinclair H
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Abstract

Undergraduates from a large southeastern university in the U.S. (n = 258) read a scenario describing an unwanted heterosexual pursuit that manipulated story perspective (pursuer's vs. rejecter's) and pursuer/rejecter gender. Measures of 1) external attributions for pursuer behavior, 2) negative internal attributions to rejecters, and 3) Stalking Myths endorsement followed. Individuals adopting the pursuer's perspective showed higher rates of external attributions for pursuer behavior than those in the rejecter perspective condition. They also endorsed more negative internal attributions for rejecters than those in the rejecter perspective condition, especially when the rejecter was male. Participant gender also mattered. Men exhibited more victim blaming tendencies than women when the rejecter was female. However, stalking myth endorsement was the strongest predictor of attributions.

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  • Attributions
  • Gender differences
  • Social perceptions
  • Stalking

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  • H. Colleen Sinclair

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