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Female Firesetters: Gender Associated Psychological and Psychopathological Features

Alleyne, Emma, Gannon, Theresa A., Mozova, Katarina, Page, Thomas, E., Ó Ciardha, Caoilte (2016) Female Firesetters: Gender Associated Psychological and Psychopathological Features. Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes, 79 (4). pp. 364-378. ISSN 0033-2747. (doi:10.1080/00332747.2016.1185892)

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Objective: Female firesetters are reported to commit nearly a third of deliberately set fires, yet there are limited studies examining the characteristics that distinguish them from suitable comparison groups. The aim of this study is to compare incarcerated female firesetters with incarcerated male firesetters and female offender controls on psychopathological and psychological features that could be targeted via therapeutic interventions.

Results: Major depression and an internal locus of control distinguished female firesetters from male firesetters. Alcohol dependence, serious/problematic fire interest, and more effective anger regulation distinguished female firesetters from the female offender control group.

Conclusions: This is the first study to examine differences between female firesetters, male firesetters, and female control offenders on both psychopathological features and psychological traits. These findings highlight the gender-specific and offence-specific needs of female firesetters that clinicians need to consider when implementing programs that ensure client responsivity.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/00332747.2016.1185892
Uncontrolled keywords: firesetting, arson, psychopathology, female offenders
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Theresa Gannon
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2016 10:22 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:14 UTC
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