ERIC Number: EJ697242
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
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A Comparative Study of the Behavioral, Personality, and Fire History Characteristics of Residential and Outpatient Adolescents (Ages 12-17) With Firesetting Behaviors
Pollinger, Joyce; Samuels, Laura; Stadolnik, Robert
Adolescence San Diego, v40 n158 p345 Sum 2005
Juvenile firesetting behavior has received relatively little research attention and previous attempts to systematically classify this heterogeneous population of children has been only partially successful. Currently there is no literature available that defines treatment and intervention needs of adolescents in residential treatment with problematic firesetting behavior and whether these needs differ from their outpatient cohorts. Data were gathered from a residential (N = 17) and outpatient (N = 30) sample detailing firesetting history, behavioral functioning, aggression, and personality traits associated with behavioral difficulties. Study subjects were asked to complete the Youth Self Report (Achenbach), Aggression Questionnaire, and Jesness Inventory and to participate in a structured firesetting history interview by project directors. Parents/guardians were asked to complete a Child Behavior Checklist (Achenbach). Adolescents in residential care were significantly more likely to come from a single-parent home, display increased delinquent behaviors, greater depressive symptoms, and report significantly more aggressive thoughts and attitudes than those in outpatient settings. Few differences were found on personality characteristics associated with behavior and conduct problems and few differences were found relative to fire history and firesetting characteristics. Implications for treatment and intervention within a residential setting are discussed as well as factors possibly associated with delaying and/or avoiding initial residential placement.
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Personality Traits, Personality, Intervention, Child Behavior, Check Lists, Residential Care, Depression (Psychology), Adolescents
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Child Behavior Checklist