The scripts and expertise of firesetters: A preliminary conceptualization

Butler, Helen and Gannon, Theresa A. (2015) The scripts and expertise of firesetters: A preliminary conceptualization. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 20 . pp. 72-81. ISSN 1359-1789. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.avb.2014.12.011) (Full text available)

Abstract

The importance of cognition in the facilitation and reinforcement of criminal behavior has been highlighted and recognized in numerous offender populations. Coupled with this is an emerging body of literature suggesting offenders may, in fact, display a certain level of expertise in their offending. In this paper, the notion of offending expertise along with cognition—specifically the concept of offence scripts—will be explored in relation to firesetting behavior for the first time. Using research evidence and clinical experience this paper outlines a preliminary conceptual framework of the potential scripts and types of expertise that are likely to characterize ?resetters. The content, structure, and etiological functions of these scripts and expertise are described. Future research and practical implications of the proposed firesetting scripts and expertise are also considered.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Firesetting; Arson; Expertise; Scripts; Schema
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Centre of Research & Education in Forensic Psychology
Depositing User: Theresa Gannon
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2016 13:32 UTC
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2016 10:14 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/53575 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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