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Stalking and the role of occupational therapy “you’re not living life to the full if you’re stalking”

Rachael Wheatley (Department of Psychology Services, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, London, UK)
Sam Baker (Department of Social and Life Sciences, Wrexham Glyndwr University, Wrexham, UK)

Journal of Criminal Psychology

ISSN: 2009-3829

Article publication date: 16 August 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This discussion paper aims to highlight the role of occupational therapy (OT) in understanding stalking and in interventions designed to assist the perpetrator to lead a more fulfilling life through healthier occupations.

Design/methodology/approach

This study highlights the role of OT in understanding stalking and in designing interventions to assist the perpetrator by extending discussions, drawing on the authors’ practitioner experiences and upon recent study findings on what drives men who stalk.

Findings

Stalking is a problem behaviour that is often effort-intense, all-consuming, emotionally driven and psychologically damaging for both victims and perpetrators. It consists of a patterned occupation of time which is overarchingly dysfunctional, yet intrinsically purposeful. As humans, our actions and occupations have meaning to us. Stalking can be conceptualised as a meaningful yet self-defeating and harmful pattern of occupations. This paper illustrates how stalking could be addressed through the additional contribution of OT to multi-agency approaches.

Research limitations/implications

This paper extends the discussion by drawing on the authors’ clinical practitioner experiences and upon recent study findings on what drives men who stalk.

Practical implications

This paper highlights the role of OT in understanding stalking and in interventions designed to assist the perpetrator to lead a more fulfilling life through healthier occupations.

Originality/value

This marriage of knowledge from OT and stalking research is set out in support of the application of OT within multi-agency approaches to working with people who stalk.

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Citation

Wheatley, R. and Baker, S. (2022), "Stalking and the role of occupational therapy “you’re not living life to the full if you’re stalking”", Journal of Criminal Psychology, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCP-07-2021-0028

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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