Arson survivors

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Wilmoth, D., & Hollows, K. (2016). Arson survivors. In R. M. Doley, G. L. Dickens, & T. A. Gannon (Eds.), The Psychology of arson: A practical guide to understanding and managing deliberate firesetters (pp. 276-289). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge

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© Copyright, Rebekah M. Doley, Geoffrey L. Dickens and Theresa A. Gannon, 2016




Key points:

• A key factor in the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following a trauma is a pre-existing mental health history.

• The development of PTSD is also greatly impacted by the nature of the post-trauma environment and quality of available support following a trauma.

• Community resources should be directed to most at-risk populations, including women and emergency service personnel.

• Post-trauma environment and maternal mental health following a trauma are both strong predictors of PTSD in child survivors.

• The goal for all interventions with arson survivors should be focused on creating structure, support and stability.

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