ERIC Number: ED485846
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Juvenile Firesetting: A Research Overview. Juvenile Justice Bulletin
Putnam, Charles T.; Kirkpatrick, John T.
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
In 2002, the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) began developing applied research initiatives to help professionals curtail juvenile firesetting. The project included a review of the research literature, a conference of researchers and professionals involved in preventing juvenile firesetting, and a final report, upon which this Bulletin is based. Drawing on information gathered by the NASFM project, "Juvenile Firesetting: a Research Overview" outlines existing research and theories related to juvenile firesetting and identifies limitations of the existing research It also recommends strategies for curbing juvenile firesetting, such as conducting a national juvenile firesetting survey, constructing a firesetting classification system, and identifying and evaluating promising intervention and treatment programs. Combatting a problem as serious and persistent as juvenile firesetting requires the aid of the research community. Using sound research, the field can better understand the dynamics of juvenile firesetting, determine the types of juveniles involved, and establish best practices to protect children and families from fires set by youth.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.