A descriptive model of the offence chain for imprisoned adult male firesetters (descriptive model of adult male firesetting)

Barnoux, Magali F.L. and Gannon, Theresa A. and Ó Ciardha, Caoilte (2014) A descriptive model of the offence chain for imprisoned adult male firesetters (descriptive model of adult male firesetting). Legal and Criminological Psychology, 20 (1). pp. 48-67. ISSN 1355-3259. E-ISSN 2044-8333. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/lcrp.12071) (Full text available)

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Abstract

Purpose: Firesetting has devastating consequences. Although some theoretical efforts have been made to explain firesetting (i.e., a small number of multi- and single-factor theories), little effort has been devoted to understand how deliberate firesetting unfolds across time (i.e., micro or offence chain theories). This research aimed to produce the first descriptive offence chain theory for incarcerated adult male firesetters. Methods: Thirty-eight adult male firesetters—recruited from prison establishments in England and Wales—were interviewed about the events, thoughts and feelings leading up to, surrounding, and immediately following a deliberate incident of firesetting. Results: Using Grounded Theory analysis, the Descriptive Model of Adult male Firesetting (DMAF) was developed documenting the cognitive, behavioural, affective and contextual factors leading to a single incident of deliberate firesetting. Conclusions: New information generated from the DMAF is presented and its contributions to the current evidence base are highlighted. Clinical implications, limitations and future research directions are also discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: firesetting; arson; offence chain; micro-theory; descriptive model; grounded theory
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Theresa Gannon
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2016 11:48 UTC
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2018 10:04 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/54579 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Ó Ciardha, Caoilte: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5383-8403
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