Relationship attachment and the behaviour of fans towards celebrities

Karl A. Roberts

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This study examined psychological characteristics of fans associated with self-reported attempts to approach celebrities. Two hundred undergraduate students (100 male, 100 female) completed a questionnaire consisting of the Experiences in Close Relationships-Revised questionnaire (Fraley, Waller, & Brennan, 2000) and a scale measuring frequency of self-reported attempts to contact a favourite celebrity. Multiple regression revealed a statistically significant positive association between attachment related anxiety, and a negative association between attachment related avoidance and the frequency of self reported approach behaviour towards a celebrity, which is consistent with a preoccupied attachment style. The implications of these findings for theories of stalking and harassment of celebrities are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-74
Number of pages21
JournalApplied psychology in criminal justice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

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