Assessment and treatment of fire-setters

Rebekah M. Doley, Katarina Fritzon

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I am malicious because I am miserable. -Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

Within clinical literature there has been an assumption that the above quote typifies a large proportion of individuals who deliberately commit arson. In other words, that psychological disorders of some kind can be found in the majority of such persons (Geller, Fisher, & Moynihan, 1992). For example, early conceptualisations of the condition pyromania meant that any individual who set more than one fire was considered to suffer from an 'irresistible impulse'- merely for the fact that they did not resist the impulse to set a fire. Now, however, a more sophisticated definition means that pyromania is a very rare diagnosis for arsonists.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationForensic psychology and criminology
Subtitle of host publicationAn Australian perspective
EditorsK. Fritzon, P. Wilson
Place of PublicationNorth Ryde
PublisherMcGraw-Hill Companies
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic) 9781308474236
ISBN (Print)9780070134928
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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