Arson: an unforeseen sequela of deinstitutionalizationSystems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center Publications and Presentations
UMMS AffiliationDepartment of Psychiatry
Medical Subject HeadingsAdolescent; Adult; Attitude to Health; Child; Commitment of Mentally Ill; *Communication; *Deinstitutionalization; Female; Firesetting Behavior; Hospitals, Psychiatric; Hospitals, State; Humans; Impulse Control Disorders; Male; Mental Disorders; Middle Aged; Motivation
AbstractDid the shift from institutional to community-based services brought about by deinstitutionalization affect the nature or function of pathological fire setting? The author studied admissions to a state hospital that were precipitated by arson. During a 200-day period, 14 patients accounted for 16 admissions and 17 fires. The data indicate that fires are set by consumers of public sector mental health services to communicate a wish or a need for a change in location of those services. Communicative arson has caused property damage, personal injury, and death and has resulted in a backlash against community alternatives for psychiatric treatment.
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Citation InformationJeffrey L. Geller. "Arson: an unforeseen sequela of deinstitutionalization" Vol. 141 Iss. 4 (1984) ISSN: 0002-953X (Linking)
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