Pyromania

Ó Ciardha, Caoilte and Tyler, Nichola and Gannon, Theresa A. (2017) Pyromania. In: Goldstein, S and DeVries, M, eds. Handbook of DSM-5 Disorders in Children and Adolescents. Springer, pp. 529-538. ISBN 978-3-319-57194-2. E-ISBN 978-3-319-57196-6. (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-57196-6_27) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This chapter plots the history of pyromania in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Pyromania, as defined in DSM-5 is rarely diagnosed and is under-researched in both adults and children. As a result it is challenging to provide accurate estimates of the prevalence of pyromania in childhood, or to provide empirically supported descriptions of the etiology, developmental course, or symptomology of the disorder. In this chapter we synthesise the current research findings on childhood pyromania based on empirical research that explicitly refers to pyromania as defined by the DSM-III or later. We comment extensively on the limitations of this empirical literature. The chapter concludes by highlighting the need for further research on pyromania in both children and adults. This future research should focus on the validity of DSM diagnostic criteria for pyromania in addition to a focus on prevalence, etiology, developmental course, comorbidity, etc.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/978-3-319-57196-6_27
Uncontrolled keywords: Pyromania, Arson, Firesetting, Diagnostic Criteria, Child, Juvenile, Adolescent
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Centre of Research & Education in Forensic Psychology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Caoilte O Ciardha
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2017 19:31 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 19:51 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/64571 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Ó Ciardha, Caoilte: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5383-8403
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