Revisiting Arson from an Outpatient Forensic Perspective

    Volume 44, Issue 3 (May 1999)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 6


    Leong, GB
    Psychiatric Consultant, Forensic Psychiatry Center, Columbus, OH

    Silva, JA
    Staff Psychiatrist, National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Clinical/Education Division, Palo Alto Veterans Health Care System, Menlo Park Division, Palo Alto, CA

    (Received 19 August 1998; accepted 23 September 1998)

    Abstract

    Progress in the understanding of individuals who commit arson has been on a slow but steady course over the past two decades. From our review of court-ordered outpatient forensic psychiatric evaluation of individuals charged with arson over a five-year period, preliminary prototypical profiles of the psychotic, mentally retarded, alcohol abusing, and mood-disordered firesetter are offered. The clinical-legal relevance of our results are explored.


    Paper ID: JFS14508J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS14508J

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