Journal article

The characteristics and treatment needs of fire setters with intellectual disability: descriptive data and comparisons between offence type

Ashlee Curtis, Keith R McVilly, Andrew Day, William R Lindsay, John L Taylor, Todd E Hogue

Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour | EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

Purpose: Fire setters who have an intellectual disability (ID) are often identified as posing a particular danger to the community although relatively little is known about their characteristics, treatment and support needs. The paper aims to discuss this issue. Design/methodology/approach: This study describes the characteristics of 134 residents of low, medium and high security ID facilities in the UK who have either an index offence of arson, a violent index offence or a sexual index offence. Findings: Index arson offenders who had an ID had multiple prior convictions, a history of violent offending and a high likelihood of having a comorbid mental disorder. There were many shared charact..

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