What works in reducing arson-related offending

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Fritzon, K., Doley, R. & Clark, F. (2013). What works in reducing arson-related offending. In L.E. Craig, l. Dixon & T.A. Gannon (Eds.), What works in offender rehabilitation: An evidence-based approach to assessment and treatment (pp. 271-284). United Kingdon: John Wiley & Sons.

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The crime of arson is the only offence to have a higher prevalence among juvenile offenders than adults. Consequently, the literature on clinical and forensic assessment and treatment of fire-setters has tended to focus on interventions aimed at children and adolescents. The chapter provides a review of the existing literature describing treatment approaches derived from particular theoretical standpoints on fire-setting. The discussion reflects the four Multi-Trajectory Theory of Adult Fire-setting (M-TTAF) pathways to the extent that the inherent components have been recognized in existing clinical approaches to fire-setting. To some extent, this is also a historical review, beginning with the psychoanalytic theory of fire-setting, and concluding with the most recent cognitive behavioural programmes.

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