The Young Firelighter: Profile Characteristics and Recidivism Risk Factors

by Esma Kurt

Institution: Victoria University
Department: School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Year: 2014
Keywords: 1701 Psychology; School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Record ID: 1032080
Full text PDF: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/25851/


Firelighting behaviour amongst children and adolescents poses a significant concern for the well-being of the young person and their wider communities. Often difficult to detect, young firelighters account for a fifth of the fires lit in Australia. The focus of this study was to explore the characteristics and profiles of young firelighters in an Australian sample and to determine the rate of recidivism and identify variables that may predict firelighting recidivism risk.