Assessment of firesetters

Rebekah M. Doley, Bruce D. Watt

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Abstract

This chapter will equip readers with the information required to screen and assess arsonists effectively using a number of modalities. The appropriate tools are presented and discussed, along with the evidence base underlying them. The focus of the discussion is on risk assessment, recidivism and dangerousness. In particular, these issues are discussed with reference to mental health and psychiatric patients as arsonists. The terms ’arson’ and ’firesetting’ will be used interchangeably throughout this chapter; the term ‘arson’ is commonly acknowledged to have a legal definition, while firesetting describes the behaviour itself.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFiresetting and mental health
Subtitle of host publicationTheory, research and practice
EditorsG L Dickens, P A Sugarman, T A Gannon
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoyal College of Psychiatrists
Pages184-205
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9781908020376
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Doley, R. M., & Watt, B. D. (2012). Assessment of firesetters. In G. L. Dickens, P. A. Sugarman, & T. A. Gannon (Eds.), Firesetting and mental health: Theory, research and practice (pp. 184-205). London : Royal College of Psychiatrists.