Journal Published Online: 01 May 1999
Volume 44, Issue 3

Revisiting Arson from an Outpatient Forensic Perspective



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.

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Leong, GB
Forensic Psychiatry Center, Columbus, OH
Silva, JA
National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Clinical/Education Division, Palo Alto Veterans Health Care System, Menlo Park Division, Palo Alto, CA
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ISSN: 0022-1198
DOI: 10.1520/JFS14508J