Adolescent Firesetting: A New Zealand case-controlled study of risk factors for adolescent firesetting

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Show simple item record McCardle, Shane en Lambie, Ian en Barker-Collo, Suzanne en 2019-09-15T20:30:07Z en 2004 en
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dc.description.abstract This study explores the personality patterns, coping responses, behaviour problems and family environments of adolescent males involved in firesetting. Fifty adolescent firesetters were compared with 33 adolescents with behaviour problems and 34 adolescents without behaviour problems. The current study found firesetting to more commonly occur in younger adolescents, while in the company of others and to be motivated by boredom or excitement. Solitary firesetters reported greater social difficulties, more thought problems and firesetting of greater concern. Firesetting appeared to be linked to diagnoses of ADHD and Conduct Disorder. The firesetting group was similar to the behavioural group, with both having more pathological personality patterns, more behaviour problems and more dysfunctional family environments, compared to the control group. The repetitive firesetting group had more pathological personality patterns compared to the single incident group, but did not differ on other measures. The findings in this research suggest a need to consider the following variables in assessing adolescent firesetting: the influence of the peer group, differentiation of solitary firesetting, diagnoses of ADHD and Conduct Disorder, motivations, historical fire-related behaviours and their emotional response to their firesetting. Recommendations related to these areas of assessment are discussed. en
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dc.publisher New Zealand Fire Service Commission en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Fire Research Report en
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dc.title Adolescent Firesetting: A New Zealand case-controlled study of risk factors for adolescent firesetting en
dc.type Report en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en en
pubs.commissioning-body New Zealand Fire Service Commission en Wellington, NZ en
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pubs.subtype Commissioned Report en
pubs.elements-id 21139 en Science en Psychology en
pubs.number 46 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2010-09-01 en

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