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    Arson (Firesetting) Motives and Reasons
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    Firesetting Motive Resources


      Arson is the crime of intentionally setting fire to property or wild areas.

      The main arson motives and reasons include insurance fraud, vandalism, pyromania, violence, excitement, revenge, etc.

      Background Information

    • Determining Arson Motives [View Resource]
    • The Six Motives for Firesetting [View Resource]
    • Arson: Exploring Motives and Possible Solutions [View Resource]
    • Motives for committing arson [View Resource]
    • Reasons People Commit Arson [View Resource]
    • Pyromania: Firesetting in children and adolescents [View Resource]
    • Firesetting Motives [View Resource]

      K-12 Experiments, Lesson Plans and Science Fair Projects

    • The reasons for arson [View Resource]
    • Fire Basics (PPT) [View Resource]
    • Arson and learning disability [View Resource]
    • Juvenile Firesetting and Arson [View Resource]

      College Experiments, Science Fair Projects, Studies and Articles

    • Arson prevention: motives and mitigation programs [View Resource]
    • Fire-Setting and Arson Education & Prevention - DSHS [View Resource]
    • Fire-Setting and Arson: Education and Prevention [View Resource]
    • Evaluation of interventions with arsonists and young firesetters [View Resource]
    • A strategy for arson [View Resource]
    • Fire-setting as normal behaviour: frequencies and pa77erns of change in the behaviour of 7-16 year old children [View Resource]
    • Theoretical approaches to explaining deliberate firesetting behaviour [View Thesis]

      Theses and Dissertations

    • A Study Into Children’s Access to Cigarette Lighters and Their Use as a Fire Lighting Tool [View Thesis]
    • Characterizing a design fire for a deliberately lit fire scenario [View Thesis]
    • Characteristics viewed in the artwork of latency-aged juvenile firesetters [View Thesis]
    • An exploratory case study of the self-reported motivations of students who set school fires [View Thesis]

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