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The Adapted Firesetting Assessment Scale: reliability and validity

Collins, Josephine, Langdon, Peter E., Barnoux, Magali F.L. (2022) The Adapted Firesetting Assessment Scale: reliability and validity. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, . ISSN 1365-2788. (doi:10.1111/jir.12950) (KAR id:94871)

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Background. The Adapted Firesetting Assessment Scale (Collins et al., 2021a) was developed for use with adults with developmental disabilities targeting fire related factors thought to be associated with deliberate firesetting behaviour (i.e., attitudes towards fire, fire interest, fire normalisation, identification with fire, fire safety awareness). However, the psychometric properties of the scale are yet to be evaluated. Method. The reliability, validity, comprehensibility, relevance, and comprehensiveness of the Adapted Firesetting Assessment Scale were evaluated. Fifty-nine adults with developmental disabilities, some of whom had a history of firesetting completed the Adapted Firesetting Assessment Scale on two occasions. Feedback about the questionnaire was sought from both participants and professionals. Results. The AFAS has acceptable internal consistency and excellent test-retest reliability. The attitudes towards fire, fire normalisation, poor fire safety subscales and total scores discriminated firesetters from non-firesetters. Content analysis of feedback indicated items of the AFAS were understood, relevant, accessible, and comprehensible. Conclusion. A larger study is needed to examine the factor structure of the AFAS.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/jir.12950
Uncontrolled keywords: Firesetting, Arson, Intellectual Disabilities, Developmental disabilities, Autism, AFAS
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Josephine Chishty-Collins
Date Deposited: 03 May 2022 16:23 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2023 13:22 UTC
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