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NCJ Number: 70843 Find in a Library
Title: Interviewing and Counseling Juvenile Firesetters - The Child Under Seven Years of Age
Author(s): K Fineman; C S Brudo; E S Brudo; C Morris; L Michaelis; J B Day
Corporate Author: Los Angeles Cty Fire Dept
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 50
Sponsoring Agency: Los Angeles Cty Fire Dept
Los Angeles, CA 90063
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Superintendent of Documents, GPO
Washington, DC 20402
US Federal Emergency Management Agency
Washington, DC 20472
Sale Source: Superintendent of Documents, GPO
Washington, DC 20402
United States of America

National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Training (Handbook/Manual)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This manual for fire service personnel provides suggestions for identifying and dealing with children who set fires.
Abstract: Its goals are to teach how to recognize children's problems which may lead to recurrent firesetting; to inverview firesetting children and their families; to educate curiosity firesetters and their families; to select children and families for professional mental health assistance based on the severity of their problems; and to refer children and their families for appropriate mental health assistance. The first section explores firesetting behavior and lists traits commonly found in children who set fires. In the second section, child, family and school interviews are considered. Suggestions for dealing with uncooperative parents, determining a child's level of understanding, and for establishing good rapport are included. The third section focuses on the categorization of children's behavioral problems. Sample category profile sheets illustrate categorization methods and the interpretation of findings. The fourth section discusses methods of intervention. Suggestions for teaching children the dangers of matches and for modifying behavior are presented. In the fifth section, the referral process is explained, and the types of public and private agencies which are available to provide assistance are listed. An appendix contains a family interview and evaluation form, a parent questionnaire, and a child interview form for children under 7 years of age.
Index Term(s): Arsonists; Behavior modification; Fire departments; Juvenile counseling; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile fire setters; Problem behavior
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