Stalking Victimization Among College Women and Subsequent Help-Seeking Behaviors Academic Article uri icon


  • OBJECTIVE: The authors examined the incidence of stalking victimization and subsequent help-seeking behaviors among college women. PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS: A stratified random sample of college women (N = 391) completed an anonymous Internet-based questionnaire in spring 2006. RESULTS: One-fifth of women reported stalking victimization while enrolled at their current institution. Individuals known by victims, such as the following, were most commonly reported as stalkers: acquaintances (48.7%), classmates (37.2%), and boyfriends or ex-boyfriends (34.6%). Approximately half of the women reporting stalking victimization acknowledged not seeking help from anyone in relation to these incidents. Of those seeking some sort of help, most sought assistance from friends (90.2%), parents (29.3%), residence hall advisors (12.2%), or police (7.3%). CONCLUSION: Comparing their findings to a national study of college women, the authors report that being watched, followed or spied on, and sent unsolicited emails are stalking behaviors on the rise. They present implications for college health and future directions for research.


publication date

  • January 2009