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NCJ Number: 126386 Find in a Library
Title: Preadolescent Firesetter Handbook: Ages 0-7
Corporate Author: International Assoc of Fire Chiefs
United States of America
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 47
Sponsoring Agency: International Assoc of Fire Chiefs
Washington, DC 20036
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Document: PDF
Type: Training (Handbook/Manual)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This manual provides firefighters with guidance on identifying and providing early intervention to preadolescent firesetters up to the age of seven. Specifically, the manual teaches fire service personnel to recognize problems in children that may lead to recurrent firesetting, to interview firesetting children and their families, to educate curiosity firesetters and their families, and to select and refer children and families for professional mental health assistance.
Abstract: An introductory section describes youthful firesetters in terms of a child's emotional state; thoughts; and behavioral, environmental, or physical traits. Interviews with schools, the child, and family members are discussed, and activities outlined include establishing rapport, determining the level of understanding, and gathering information. An introduction to categorizing various behaviors using profile sheets is followed by a section on suggested interventions. These include an educational strategy, a negative practice strategy, instructions on lighting matches and uses for matches, behavioral strategy, and restitution. The manual also examines the process of referring children and families to mental health professionals. 15 figures and 1 appendix
Main Term(s): Juvenile fire setters
Index Term(s): Firefighters
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