Firesetting: Psychopathology, theory and treatment

Gannon, Theresa A. and Pina, Afroditi (2010) Firesetting: Psychopathology, theory and treatment. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 15 (3). pp. 224-238. ISSN 1359-1789. (doi: (Full text available)

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In this paper, we comprehensively review characteristics of adult firesetters, and the etiological features of firesetting. In particular, we pay attention to contemporary research available as to core traits and psychopathological features required to understand firesetters, and the classificatory systems and etiological theories developed to understand firesetting. This evaluation of contemporary research suggests that clinical knowledge and practice relating to firesetting is extremely underdeveloped relative to other areas of forensicclinical psychology.We conclude that there are very few etiological theories available to guide consulting clinicians in this area, and little information available specifying the exact criminogenic needs associated with firesetters, or how these needs compare to other offender groups. The significant lack of contemporary treatment programs designed to target firesetting behavior is also noted.We conclude by highlighting core areas for future research and treatment progression.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Applied Psychology
Depositing User: Afroditi Pina
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2010 14:28 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2014 14:40 UTC
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