Theories on arson: The action systems model

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This chapter develops an account of the utility of psychological models as an aid to understanding the crime of arson. A brief overview of some of the theories and typologies previously espoused is first presented. As its main focus the chapter then defines and provides an account of 'action systems' model, which, in contrast to other arson typologies, produces empirically testable hypotheses.
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
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9781908020376
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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