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The Characteristics and Treatment Needs of Adult Male Imprisoned Firesetters

Barnoux, Magali F.L. (2015) The Characteristics and Treatment Needs of Adult Male Imprisoned Firesetters. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent, University of Kent. (KAR id:51461)

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Abstract

Deliberate firesetting is an international problem which has devastating financial and human consequences. However, the area has received little attention from researchers and practicing professionals compared to other types of offending, thus hindering our ability to recommend how firesetters should be detected, assessment, managed, and treated. In particular, very little is understood about firesetting in imprisoned offenders, particularly in terms of their characteristics and treatment needs, and whether these differ between subtypes of imprisoned firesetter. Theoretical efforts explaining firesetting in imprisoned offenders have also been poor, especially in terms of their empirical adequacy and understanding how the offence process might unfold.

The studies in this thesis highlight there are important differences between subtypes of adult male imprisoned firesetters. Three key conclusions were drawn from the combined findings: (i) different types of imprisoned firesetter have different fire-related deficits; (ii) different types of imprisoned firesetter have different treatment needs; and (iii) the findings highlight the importance of considering different target populations and different types of firesetter in theory development and evaluation. Limitations and future research directions are considered.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: Gannon, Theresa A.
Uncontrolled keywords: firesetting, arson, pyromania, offending behaviour, forensic psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Users 1 not found.
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2015 14:59 UTC
Last Modified: 06 May 2020 03:13 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/51461 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Barnoux, Magali F.L.: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7921-8819
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