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A Firesetting offense chain for mentally disordered offenders

Tyler, N., Gannon, T. A., Lockerbie, L., King, T., Dickens, G. and De Burca, C. (2014) A Firesetting offense chain for mentally disordered offenders. Criminal Justice and Behavior. 41(4), pp. 512-530. 1552-3594.

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Abstract: Relatively little effort has been made to develop and validate theories that explain firesetting. In this study, the first offense chain model of firesetting in mentally disordered offenders was developed. Twenty-three mentally disordered firesetters were interviewed about the affective, cognitive, behavioral, and contextual factors leading up to and surrounding one of their recorded firesetting offenses. Offense account interviews were analyzed using grounded theory. The resulting model consists of four main phases: (a) background, (b) early adulthood, (c) pre-offense period, and (d) offense and post-offense period. The model accounts for firesetting by male and female mentally disordered offenders and highlights the importance of early childhood experiences of fire and the onset of mental illness as precursors to firesetting within this population. Furthermore, the model is able to distinguish between different types of mentally disordered firesetters and their offense styles. The clinical implications and utility of the model are also discussed.
Additional Information: A pre-publication version of this article was made available electronically by the publisher on 09 December 2013
Uncontrolled Keywords: Arson, firesetting, mentally disordered offenders, grounded theory, offense chain model
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV6001 Criminology > HV6251 Crimes and offences
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC435 Psychiatry > RC554 Personality disorders. Behavior problems > RC569.5.P9 Pyromania
Creators: Tyler, Nichola, Gannon, Theresa A, Lockerbie, Lona, King, Tracy, Dickens, Geoff and De Burca, Calem
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Northamptonshire and East Midlands: Health
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Health & Society
University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Research Centre > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Centre for Applied Mental Health Research
Research Centres > Centre for Health Sciences and Services
Date: April 2014
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 512-530
Journal or Publication Title: Criminal Justice and Behavior
Volume: 41
Number: 4
Language: English
ISSN: 1552-3594
Status: Published / Disseminated
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