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Deliberate firesetting remains a concern for many communities. Compared to other types of criminal behavior, the psychological literature has been relatively underdeveloped. Recently, however, a number of important contributions have emerged, including a comprehensive multi-factor theory, and several empirical papers reporting findings on risk factors associated with firesetting. Programs are available addressing fire education and awareness in children, and adult firesetting treatment programs have also been developed; however, these have yet to be formally evaluated.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe encyclopedia of crime and punishment
EditorsW G Jennings
Place of PublicationMalden, MA
ISBN (Electronic)9781118519639
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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