Explanations of Firesetting in Mentally Disordered Offenders: A Review of the Literature

Tyler, Nichola and Gannon, Theresa A. (2012) Explanations of Firesetting in Mentally Disordered Offenders: A Review of the Literature. Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes, 75 (2). pp. 150-166. ISSN 0033-2747. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1521/psyc.2012.75.2.150) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This paper reviews current explanations of firesetting in adult mentally disordered offenders. In particular, attention is given to contemporary research that has examined developmental and background characteristics, personality and associated traits, motivation for firesetting, neurobiological explanations, psychiatric diagnoses, and frequency of self-injurious behavior, including suicide. The likelihood of recidivism and associated risk factors is also considered. Evaluation of the existing research has highlighted that even though a significant proportion has been conducted with psychiatric populations, little is understood about firesetting by mentally disordered offenders. In addition, little research has been conducted that compares mentally disordered firesetters to both other mentally disordered offenders and non-mentally disordered offenders. Recommendations are made for future research to further develop knowledge of this behavior.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Centre of Research & Education in Forensic Psychology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Theresa Gannon
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2013 11:52 UTC
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2017 15:14 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/35097 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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