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Pathways to Firesetting for Mentally Disordered Offenders: A Preliminary Examination

Tyler, Nichola, Gannon, Theresa A. (2015) Pathways to Firesetting for Mentally Disordered Offenders: A Preliminary Examination. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 1-18 . ISSN 0306-624X. E-ISSN 1552-6933. (doi:10.1177/0306624X15611127) (KAR id:53584)

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The current study aimed to investigate the specific pathways in the offence process for mentally disordered firesetters. In a previous study, an offence chain model was constructed (i.e., the Firesetting Offence Chain for Mentally Disordered Offenders, FOC-MD) using offence descriptions obtained from 23 mentally disordered firesetters, detailing the sequence of contextual, behavioural, affective, and cognitive factors that precipitate an incidence of firesetting for this population. The current study examines the prevalence of the specific pathways to firesetting for the original 23 mentally disordered firesetters and a further sample of 13 mentally disordered firesetters. Three distinct pathways to firesetting are identified within the FOC-MD: fire interest–childhood mental health, no fire interest–adult mental health, fire interest–adult mental health. In this article, we describe these three pathways in detail using illustrative case studies. The practice implications of these identified pathways are also discussed.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0306624X15611127
Uncontrolled keywords: firesetting; arson; mentally disordered offenders; qualitative
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Theresa Gannon
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2016 14:31 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2021 11:07 UTC
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