What works in reducing arson-related offending

Katarina Fritzon*, Rebekah Doley, Fiona Clark

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The crime of arson is the only offence to have a higher prevalence among juvenile offenders than adults. Consequently, the literature on clinical and forensic assessment and treatment of fire-setters has tended to focus on interventions aimed at children and adolescents. The chapter provides a review of the existing literature describing treatment approaches derived from particular theoretical standpoints on fire-setting. The discussion reflects the four Multi-Trajectory Theory of Adult Fire-setting (M-TTAF) pathways to the extent that the inherent components have been recognized in existing clinical approaches to fire-setting. To some extent, this is also a historical review, beginning with the psychoanalytic theory of fire-setting, and concluding with the most recent cognitive behavioural programmes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWhat Works in Offender Rehabilitation: An Evidence-Based Approach to Assessment and Treatment
EditorsL A Craig, L Dixon, T A Gannon
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781119974574
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2013


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