Sex Roles

, Volume 66, Issue 5–6, pp 366–377 | Cite as

The Role of Gender in the Generation of Stalking Scripts

  • Karen L. YanowitzEmail author
  • Jennifer L. Yanowitz
Original Article


The focus of this research was to examine the influence of gender on college students’ stalking scripts. One hundred fifty-four participants from a university located in the southern United States generated a narrative account of what occurs during stalking. Women were expected to generate more examples of ambiguous, non-aggressive, behaviors than were men, as well as to generate more coping strategies on the part of the target. Results overall revealed a high degree of similarity in content of generated stalking behaviors as a function of gender. However, women generated hyper-intimacy behaviors and mediated contact as part of their scripts significantly more often than did men. Women were also significantly more likely to generate a coping strategy than men.


Stalking behaviors Stalking scripts Social perceptions Gender differences 



The authors would like to thank the reviewers and editors for their valuable feedback and comments on earlier versions of this manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology and CounselingArkansas State UniversityState UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUtica CollegeUticaUSA

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