Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry

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Firesetting in Children


This article reviews the literature regarding the history, etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of firesetting. A critique of the literature reveals the need to generate a clearer definition of firesetting as well as more stringent criteria for diagnosing firesetting. The standard treatments for firesetting are reviewed. Linkage of childhood firesetting to future adolescent and adult crimes is also examined. Finally, avenues for future research are discussed.

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