Dec 20, 2013, 8:00 AM, Posted by Darrick Hamilton
By Darrick Hamilton*, PhD; William Darity, Jr., PhD; Timothy Diette, PhD; Arthur Goldsmith, PhD; and Katherine McFarland, BA. Hamilton is a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at Yale University.
In our recent study, we estimate that female victims of stalking have a two to three times greater risk of developing psychological distress than women who are not the victims of stalking.
Though stalking is generally viewed as a less serious issue than sexual assault, public health officials estimate that approximately one in 20 Americans will be stalked at some point in their lives. One third of those stalkers will become violent, and there is a strong link between stalking and domestic violence. Our study examined the mental distress associated with stalking, and thus provides a conservative estimate of the true effects, which would include the risk of sexual and other physical violence associated with stalking as well.