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ERIC Number: EJ1189455
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1469-9532
Arson or Fire Setting in Offenders with Intellectual Disability: Clinical Characteristics, Forensic Histories, and Treatment Outcomes
Alexander, Regi T.; Chester, Verity; Green, Fatima N.; Gunaratna, Ignatius; Hoare, Sudeep
Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, v40 n2 p189-197 2015
Background: Although many with intellectual disability come to the attention of services for fire setting, research in this area is scarce, which poses challenges for management. Method: In this paper we examined those with a fire-setting history (n = 30), identified from a sample of 138 patients treated in a UK forensic intellectual disability service. Those with a fire-setting history were compared to those without this history on various clinical, forensic, and treatment outcome variables. Results: Fire-setting was associated with significant psychopathology, including psychosis and personality disorders. Only half of the fire setters had a formal arson conviction. Fire setters were more likely to have a violence conviction and criminal sections/restriction orders. Conclusions: Half of those with fire-setting histories did not have formal arson convictions, highlighting the need for thorough history taking. Prevalent comorbidity suggests interventions should focus on treating psychopathology before commencing offence-specific arson therapies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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