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October 2006

A- Introduction

When our ancestors first discovered fire it was a hallmark of mankind civilization because of the uses it facilitated for man . Fire has since been always useful when it is contained and controlled for a useful purpose . However , soon the danger of fire was identified when it unintentionally and sometimes accidentally destroyed property or surroundings . In addition to being a useful tool fire is also an easy weapon to acquire and use . Yet what differentiates a useful form of fire from one that is [banner_entry_middle]

dangerous and destructive is the size . A small fire in the fireplace of a sitting room is a useful desirable one while a bush fire in a forest is a dangerous destructive one

Although arsons can be committed by adults , `juvenile fire setters , i .e . children and adolescents seem to be the most vulnerable group and can be dangerous and difficult to control as their abnormal behaviour could develop into a crime if appropriate intervention is not effected as early as possible (Slavkin and Fineman , 2000

In this `juvenile firesetters ‘ will be reviewed under the following sections

A Individual Characteristics

B Typology of Juvenile Firesetters

C Appropriate Intervention

E- Conclusions

B- Individual Characteristics


Slavkin points out the importance of characteristics by citing the study of Richter et al , which emphasises the individual characteristics and the environmental ones

Previous classifications of juvenile firesetters have been based on individual characteristics (e .g , personal motives physical problems , interpersonal ineffectiveness /skills deficits and covert antisocial behavior excesses ) as well as environmental characteristics (e .g , limited supervision and monitoring , parental distance and uninvolvement , parental pathology and limitations , and presence of crisis or trauma (Kolko Kazdin , 1992 . An adequate understanding of juvenile firesetting is contingent upon the simultaneous examination of individual and environmental factors (Barnett , Richter , Sigmund Spitzer , 1997 (Slavkin , 2000

Aggression , which is one of the most important characteristics in firesetters , becomes a problem that needs the attention of professionals when it becomes behaviour of non-compliance According to Achenbach (1966 ) children and adolescents who internalize emotions develop somatic symptoms and depression while those who externalize emotions develop aggression or acting against others such as firesetting (Slavkin , 2000

In an empirical study conducted at Oak Ridge (G . T . Harris 6r Rice , 1984 , the social competence of 13 fire setters and 13 other offenders matched for age and IQ was compared . Their findings were reported as follows

The second largest group (28 , which we called unassertives were men who had the best histories prior to the fire that had brought them to our institution and the lowest rates of all kinds of recidivism . They had little history of aggression as children or adults , had little criminal activity in their backgrounds , had the best family backgrounds , were more intelligent , and had better employment histories . They were the least assertive (they resembled the individuals high in over controlled hostility described in chapter 4 , and they were most likely of all the clusters to have set their fires for… [banner_entry_footer]

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