Extinguishing the Fires Within: Treating Juvenile Firesetters

James C. Raines, Catherine Weigel Foy

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Children younger than 18 set approximately 60% of the incendiary fires in large cities. The authors review the history of psychological explanations for firesetting and examine the current research regarding this phenomenon. The authors also review treatment approaches for juvenile firesetters, including behavior modification, psychodynamic therapy, family approaches, cognitive therapy, and group work. Critical considerations for effective treat' ment, including bereavement and disfigurement, are presented. Clinical examples are provided throughout the article.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalFamilies in society-The journal of contemporary social services
StatePublished - Dec 1994
Externally publishedYes


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