Current directions of risk assessment in deliberate firesetters
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• Risk assessment for firesetting behaviours is less developed relative to other forms of antisocial behaviour.
• Current inventories for firesetting appraise emotions and attitudes towards fire, knowledge of fire safety, firesetting history, and antisocial attitudes and behaviours.
• Such inventories are supplemented with general psychological inventories appraising emotional regulation, assertiveness, impulsivity, self-esteem, psychopathology and substance use.
• While no algorithm exists for combining multiple measures in appraising risk of firesetting, the Multi-Trajectory Theory of Adult Firesetting (M-TTAF) may be utilised to guide approaches to risk assessment and management.
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