(CJ416) Week4 Assignment: Stockholm Syndrome - 20815

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(CJ416) Week4 Assignment: Stockholm Syndrome

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Research supports that the quandary of Stockholm syndrome is not something that has developed as of late but has in fact been markedly present in the time of our hunter gather ancestors; though it was a present concept in earlier years of history, it was not until recently that this particular act was granted an official title. Stockholm syndrome was not said to be formally defined until 1973 by Psychiatrist Niles Bejerot. The origination of the term ‘Stockholm syndrome’ was as we might have sensibly assumed a result of a criminal hostage act conducted in Sweden from August 23rd to August 28th 1973 when the Norrmalmstorg bank was burglarized and a number of employees were held hostage for 5 days.

 “According to the FBI's Hostage Barricade Database (HBD), approximately 27% of all hostages display signs of Stockholm Syndrome.” (HubPages, 2013) In recent history, one of the most extraordinary cases of Stockholm syndrome resulting from a hostage situation is the case of Jaycee Lee Dugard; in this infamous case example, we can recognize the facts and how said facts are strongly correlated to the end result of strong feelings of admiration, protection, and feelings of guilt Dugard felt and dubiously still feels for her captors that held her hostage for more than 18 years.

            To best understand the mindset of Dugard and how her strong feelings of esteem towards her captors were birthed, we must revert back to the beginning; Dugard was 11 years old and residing with her biological mother in South Lake Tahoe, California until June 10, 1991 when she was kidnapped. Case reports confirm that Dugard was “abducted from a street while she was walking from home to a school bus stop.” (Wikipedia, 2013) In was not until August 24th and 25th of 2009 that the reappearance of Dugard was distinguished; one of Dugard’s captor’s, Phillip Craig Garrido