Wednesday, July 29, 2015

An Investigation of Firesetting Recidivism: Factors Related to Repeat Offending

Below:  Survival curve for firesetting recidivism among participants with further arson offences (n = 56).

The rate of firesetting recidivism, based on charges, was very low (5.3%) compared with the rate of general recidivism (55.4%); the vast majority of firesetting recidivists were mixed (criminally versatile) offenders (91%). The study found that general criminality, firesetting history, and psychiatric disorder were associated with firesetting recidivism.

When assessing risk of firesetting recidivism, clinicians need to consider general criminality in addition to fire-specific history, and the potential impacts of mental disorder on recidivism.

Read at: #Arson MT @MonashUni

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