Working with adult arsonists: Therapeutic process issues

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Bell, R. (2016).Working with adult arsonists: Therapeutic process issues. 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. 228-242). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge

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Key points:

  • Research concerning best practice for firesetting offenders is underdeveloped.
  • The majority of firesetting interventions that have been described in the literature are primarily cognitive behavioural. However, studies investigating the effectiveness of treatment programmes for firesetters are virtually non-existent.
  • The recently described Multi-Trajectory Theory of Adult Firesetting (M-TTAF; Gannon, O Ciardha, Doley & Alleyne, 2012) identifies several key domains of psychological vulnerability associated with firesetting behaviour which may represent appropriate treatment targets for firesetters
  • Though the M-TTAF represents the most comprehensive model of adult deliberate firesetting to date, further work is needed to validate several components of the model before it can be used to advise treatment goals when working with deliberate firesetters.

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