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Author Lucier, Julie
Title Juvenile firesetting: A community mental health perspective
book jacket
Descript 83 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 66-03, Section: B, page: 1724
Chairperson: Patricia W. Cone
Thesis (Psy.D.)--Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, 2005
The focus of this study was to evaluate the process by which community mental health clinicians conceptualize juvenile firesetting and how this conceptualization translates into assessment and treatment. The research related to juvenile firesetting is in its infancy but there is evidence to suggest that a more holistic approach to this problem is most effective. The incorporation of the child and family in addressing the problem of firesetting behavior allows for a more comprehensive treatment approach. Additionally, a bimodal process to treatment including fire safety education and a cognitive-behavioral component has been speculated to be the most effective mode of treatment
This study consisted of community mental health clinicians who work with children completing a questionnaire to determine how they define, assess and treat juvenile firesetters, and how much training they feel they have received related to firesetting. The results of the questionnaire revealed that most clinicians believe that lighting matches and lighters as well as lighting other objects such as toys or cards all meet the definitional criteria for firesetting behavior. However, the majority of clinicians felt that a child needed to light other objects on fire only once to be considered firesetting as opposed to two or more times for lighting matches or lighters
With respect to training, most clinicians have had some training related to the issue of juvenile firesetting although there is no consensus about the effectiveness of the training. Despite the level of training in firesetting, only a third of all clinicians surveyed admitted that they routinely inquire about the behavior but all clinicians indicate that they would address this behavior as an active problem on a child's treatment plan at least "sometimes." The results of this study suggest that although community mental health clinicians are aware that firesetting behavior occurs there is tremendous variability about how they come to understand this behavior and address it in their clinical work with children
School code: 1005
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 66-03B
Subject Health Sciences, Mental Health
Psychology, Clinical
Alt Author Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
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