Current directions of risk assessment in deliberate firesetters

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Watt, B. D., & Ong, S. (2016). Current directions of risk assessment in deliberate firesetters. 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. 167-183). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge

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Key points:

• 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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