Volume 29, Issue 2 (April 1984)

    A Comparison of Partner and Solo Arsonists

    (Received 28 February 1983; accepted 7 July 1983)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    Data on 225 adult arsonists arrested in a metropolitan county over a four-year period were systematically gathered. In each case 83 variables related to the arsonist and the arson were examined. The presence or absence of a partner in crime clearly differentiated two groups of arsonists. Partner and solo arsonists are characterized by a different level of social functioning and a different burden of mental impairment and criminal history. By focusing on the partner variable, it also becomes clear that the characteristics of the offense are related to those of the offender.


    Author Information:

    Harwood, BT
    Executive director and consultant psychologist, Forensic Mental Health Service of Erie County, Buffalo, NY

    Molnar, G
    Clinical director, Department of Psychiatry, Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, NY

    Keitner, L
    Executive director and consultant psychologist, Forensic Mental Health Service of Erie County, Buffalo, NY


    Stock #: JFS11706J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11706J

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    Title A Comparison of Partner and Solo Arsonists
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    Committee E30