Author: Bushra Ejaz
Supervisor: Faiz Younas
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The present study aimed to assess the relationship between cyber stalking, obsessive relational intrusion and psychological distress among male and female students using Facebook. It was hypothesized that cyber stalking and obsessive relational intrusion have positive relationship with psychological distress. Cross-sectional correlational design and non- probability convenient sampling was used in the present research. The sample consisted of 150 students (N = 150) including 75 males, 75 females with age range of 17 to 22years (M = 18.89, SD = 1.60). Cyber stalking was measured through Cyber-Obsessional Pursuit Questionnaire (Spitzberg & Hoobler, 2002). Obsessive relational intrusion was measured through Obsessive Relational Intrusion Short Form (Spitzberg & Cupach, 2004). Psychological distress was measured through Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (Kessler, 2002; Andrews & Slade, 2001). Results indicated that cyber stalking and obsessive relational intrusion has significant positive relationship with psychological distress. The present study laid ground in understanding the phenomenon of cyber stalking and obsessive relational intrusion.
Keywords:Cyber Stalking, Obsessional Pursuit, Obsessive Relational Intrusion, Psychological distress.
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