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NCJ Number: 183377 Find in a Library
Title: Revisiting Arson from an Outpatient Forensic Perspective
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:44  Issue:3  Dated:May 1999  Pages:558-563
Author(s): Gregory B. Leong M.D.; J. Arturo Silva M.D.
Date Published: May 1999
Page Count: 6
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study describes prototypical profiles of individuals charged with arson.
Abstract: The study offers preliminary prototypical profiles of the psychotic, mentally retarded, alcohol abusing and mood-disordered firesetter. The study paired off the four groups into “cognitive pathology” (psychotic and mentally retarded) and “affective pathology” (alcohol abusers and mood group) fire-setters. The cognitive pathology pair displayed impaired thinking (whether by a thought disorder or by limited intellect), were relatively older, and had substantial criminal and arson/firesetting histories. The psychotic group also had a substantial history of substance abuse but not of intoxication at the time of the alleged arson and were likely to have been psychotic at the time of the fire. The affective pathology pair displayed loss of emotional control at the time of the alleged arson, whether by intoxicant or by mood. Both groups in this pair were relatively younger, had substance abuse histories, had little criminal history, and were likely to have been intoxicated near or at the time of the alleged arson. The mood group also had a substantial frequency of co-occurring suicidal ideation at the time of the alleged arson. The common feature across diagnostic groups was the vindictive motivation underlying the alleged arson. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Police
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse; Arson; Arsonists; Dangerousness; Forensic sciences; Mental disorders; Mentally ill offenders; Offenders with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities; Psychiatry
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