Fire-setting and psychopathology : a brief overview of prevalence, pathways and assessment

Allely, CS ORCID: 2019, 'Fire-setting and psychopathology : a brief overview of prevalence, pathways and assessment' , Journal of Criminal Psychology, 9 (4) , pp. 149-154.

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Purpose: There is increasing attention on investigating the association between fire-setting and psychopathology and also the degree to which fire-setting is a manifestation of mental disorder. Despite the actual prevalence of pyromania remaining elusive, there is growing evidence in the literature highlighting the higher rates of psychiatric mental health disorders in fire-setters, the most common being: schizophrenia, mood disorders (such as anxiety and depression), personality disorders, alcohol abuse, and intellectual disability. The purpose of this paper is to highlight more recent work on prevalence, pathways and assessment in offenders who have engaged in fire-setting. methodology/approach: This paper provides an overview of the literature on fire-setting and psychopathology with a focus on prevalence, pathways and assessment. Findings: This review identified key literature which has identified a variety of distinct pathways to fire-setting and also highlights two assessments/measures for fire-setters. Such information is useful for clinicians when they encounter this group of offenders. Practical implications: This paper has identified in the literature and recommends the use of the ‘Fire Setting Scale’ and the ‘Fire Proclivity Scale’ in clinical and/or forensic practice. Originality/value: There is a very real need for additional empirical research in this area. There is also a need for an increased awareness and understanding of how various types of psychopathy can contribute to fire-setting in both a legal and clinical context.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Criminal Psychology
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 2009-3829
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Depositing User: CS Allely
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2019 10:02
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 02:41

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