Copycat firesetting : bridging two research areas

Doley, Rebekah, Ferguson, Claire, & Surette, Ray (2013) Copycat firesetting : bridging two research areas. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 40(12), pp. 1472-1491.

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Deliberate firesetting costs our community in destruction to property and lives. Public concern heightens when similar fires occur in a series, raising the specter of copycat firesetting. Difficulties associated with researching copycat crimes in general mean that not a lot is known about copycat firesetting. As an initial step toward filling this research gap, we explore connections between research on copycat crime and research into deliberate firesetting. The intention is to extract salient features from what is known about the phenomena of deliberate firesetting and copycat crime, map them together, and point out shared and unique characteristics. It is argued that a “copycat firesetter” is likely to exist as a distinct subgroup and potentially requiring targeted interventions.

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ID Code: 82080
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Arson, firesetting, Copycat
DOI: 10.1177/0093854813496997
ISSN: 1552-3594
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Causes and Prevention of Crime (160201)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Forensic Psychology (170104)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 SAGE Publications
Deposited On: 01 Mar 2015 23:46
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2015 04:15

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