Current directions of risk assessment in deliberate firesetters

Bruce D. Watt, Sabrina Ong

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Key points
• Risk assessment for firesetting behaviours is less developed relative to other forms of antisocial behaviour.
• Current inventories for firesetting appraise emotions and attitudes towards fire, knowledge of fire safety, firesetting history, and antisocial attitudes and behaviours.
• Such inventories are supplemented with general psychological inventories appraising emotional regulation, assertiveness, impulsivity, self-esteem, psychopathology and substance use.
• While no algorithm exists for combining multiple measures in appraising risk of firesetting, the Multi-Trajectory Theory of Adult Firesetting (M-TTAF) may be utilised to guide approaches to risk assessment and management.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe psychology of arson
Subtitle of host publicationA practical guide to understanding and managing deliberate firesetters
EditorsR M Doley, G Dickens, T A Gannon
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9780415810685
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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