Firesetting and general criminal recidivism among a consecutive sample of Finnish pretrial male firesetters : A register-based follow-up study

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Thomson , A , Tiihonen , J , Miettunen , J , Virkkunen , M & Lindberg , N 2018 , ' Firesetting and general criminal recidivism among a consecutive sample of Finnish pretrial male firesetters : A register-based follow-up study ' , Psychiatry Research , vol. 259 , pp. 377-384 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2017.11.008

Title: Firesetting and general criminal recidivism among a consecutive sample of Finnish pretrial male firesetters : A register-based follow-up study
Author: Thomson, Annika; Tiihonen, Jari; Miettunen, Jouko; Virkkunen, Matti; Lindberg, Nina
Contributor: University of Helsinki, University of Helsinki
University of Helsinki, Clinicum
University of Helsinki, Clinicum
Date: 2018-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 8
Belongs to series: Psychiatry Research
ISSN: 0165-1781
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/299128
Abstract: The rate of criminal reoffending among firesetters varies greatly. Our aim was to investigate firesetting and general criminal recidivism in a consecutive sample of Finnish males who were sent for a forensic psychiatric examination (FPE)(1) after committing firesetting offenses. We also wanted to evaluate the relationships between psychopathy and criminal recidivism, and between schizophrenia-spectrum disorders and criminal recidivism. The sample comprised 113 firesetters with a mean age of 32.8 years, and the average follow-up time was 16.9 years. The FPE statements of the firesetters were reviewed and psychiatric diagnoses were collected. The psychopathy assessments were based on the 20-item Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R). Information on reoffending was gathered from the Finnish National Police Register. During the follow-up 20 (18%) persons were registered for a new firesetting and 84 (74%) for any new offense. Firesetters with high traits (PCL-R 25) of psychopathy were more likely than those with low traits (PCL-R <25) to reoffend with any crime during the follow-up. The risk of general criminal recidivism was lower among firesetters with a schizophrenia-spectrum disorder than among those with non-psychotic disorders. Conclusively, both firesetting and general criminal recidivism rates were high in this sample of offenders.
Subject: PSYCHOPATHY PCL-R
PERSONALITY-DISORDERS
VIOLENT RECIDIVISM
MENTAL-ILLNESS
PREDICTIVE-VALIDITY
BIRTH COHORT
OFFENDERS
ARSON
CHECKLIST
SCHIZOPHRENIA
3124 Neurology and psychiatry
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