Assessment and Treatment of Pyromania

Jon E. Grant and Brian L. Odlaug

in The Oxford Handbook of Impulse Control Disorders

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195389715
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Assessment and Treatment of Pyromania

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Pyromania, also referred to as pathological fire setting, is a disorder defined by the deliberate and purposeful fire setting that has occurred on more than one occasion and that cannot be attributed to another psychiatric disorder. Although juvenile or adolescent fire-setting behavior or match play is a fairly common occurrence, clinical pyromania is a rare disorder associated with shame and embarrassment, significant psychosocial dysfunction, and legal consequences. Case reports and small controlled clinical trials have reported the successful treatment of fire-setting behavior through both pharmacotherapeutic and psychotherapeutic means. Pyromania, however, is a largely misunderstood, unrecognized, and untreated disorder.

Keywords: adolescent; arson; clinical characteristics; fire setting; impulse control disorder juvenile; legal; pyromania; treatment

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Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology ; Psychological Assessment and Testing

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