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Assessment of firesetters
Firesetting and mental health: Theory, research and practice
  • Rebekah M. Doley, Bond University
  • Bruce D. Watt, Bond University
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Doley, R. M., & Watt, B. D. (2012). Assessment of firesetters. In G. L. Dickens, P. A. Sugarman & T. A. Gannon (Eds.), Firesetting and mental health: Theory, research and practice (pp.184- 205). London, UK: RCPsych Publications.

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2012 HERDC submission. FoR code: 170104

© Copyright Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2012

Extract This chapter will equip readers with the information required to screen and assess arsonists effectively using a number of modalities. The appropriate tools are presented and discussed, along with the evidence base underlying them. The focus of the discussion is on risk assessment, recidivism and dangerousness. In particular, these issues are discussed with reference to mental health and psychiatric patients as arsonists. The terms ’arson’ and ’firesetting’ will be used interchangeably throughout this chapter; the term ‘arson’ is commonly acknowledged to have a legal definition, while firesetting describes the behaviour itself.
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Rebekah M. Doley and Bruce D. Watt. "Assessment of firesetters" 1stLondon, United KingdomFiresetting and mental health: Theory, research and practice (2012)
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