A preliminary firesetting offence chain for adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities

Collins, J., Barnoux, M. and Langdon, P. E. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7745-1825 (2023) A preliminary firesetting offence chain for adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 48 (2). pp. 146-160. ISSN 1469-9532

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Background: The theoretical understanding of firesetting behaviour has predominantly been developed with men in prisons or psychiatric hospitals without neurodevelopmental disabilities. Consequently, there is a lack of evidence regarding the validity of current theory when applied to adults with intellectual disabilities and/or autism. Method: Thirteen adults in England with intellectual and other developmental disabilities were interviewed about the affective, cognitive, behavioural, and contextual factors leading up to and surrounding a recorded firesetting incident. Interviews were analysed using a Grounded Theory approach. Results: The resulting model consists of four phases: (1) background, (2) early adulthood, (3) pre-offence period, and (4) offence, and post offence period. Conclusion: The model accounts for unique precursors to firesetting including mental health deterioration, poor problem solving, and new motivations for firesetting. Unlike other offence chain theories, the significance of post-offence behaviour and cognitions are highlighted.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/good_health_and_well_being
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2023 14:30
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2023 00:46
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/92680
DOI: 10.3109/13668250.2022.2037186


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