TITLE

Looking for pyromania: Characteristics of a consecutive sample of Finnish male criminals with histories of recidivist fire-setting between 1973 and 1993

AUTHOR(S)
Lindberg, Nina; Holi, Matti M.; Tani, Pekka; Virkkunen, Matti
PUB. DATE
January 2005
SOURCE
BMC Psychiatry;2005, Vol. 5, p47
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Background: As pyromania is a rare diagnosis with questionable validity, we aimed to describe a forensic psychiatric population of arson recidivists. Methods: The medical records as well as the forensic psychiatric examination statements of 90 arson recidivists referred for pretrial psychiatric assessment in Helsinki University Hospital Department of Forensic Psychiatry between 1973 and 1993 were reviewed. Results: The most important diagnostic categories of arson recidivists were personality disorders, psychosis and mental retardation, often with comorbid alcoholism. In all, 68% of arsonists were under alcohol intoxication during the index crime. Psychotic as well as mentally retarded persons with repeated fire-setting behaviour were mostly "pure arsonists"- persons guilty only of arsons during their criminal careers. Arson recidivists with personality disorder, in contrast, often exhibited various types of criminal behaviour and arson appeared to be only one expression of a wide range of criminal activity. Comorbid alcoholism was apparently a more rarely observed phenomenon among pure arsonists than in "nonpure arsonists". We found only three subjects fulfilling the present diagnostic criteria for pyromania. Conclusion: Using the criteria of the DSM-IV-TR, pyromania must be regarded as an extremely rare phenomenon. Especially the question of substance intoxication as an exclusion criterion for pyromania should be reconsidered.
ACCESSION #
29323728

 

Related Articles

  • CONFESSIONS OF A BACKCOUNTRY PYRO. ALVAREZ, TED // Backpacker;Oct2014, Vol. 42 Issue 8, p68 

    A confession of a pyromaniac is presented.

  • pyromania.  // Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary;2005, p1831 

    The article presents a definition of the term "pyromania." It refers to a violent mental disorder for setting destructive fires.

  • Intervention with Children Who Set Fires. Bumpass, Eugene R.; Fagelman, F. Diane // American Journal of Psychotherapy;Jul1983, Vol. 37 Issue 3, p328 

    Describes the treatment of twenty-nine pyromaniacs by a "graphing" technique. Correlation of external stress, behavior and feelings on a line graph; Description of the technique and review of literature; Suggestion of prognostic indicators.

  • Fetishism and Kleptomania: A Case Report in Forensic Psychiatry. Öncü, Fatih; Türkcan, Solmaz; Canbek, Özge; Yeşılbursa, Doğan; Uygur, Niyazi // Archives of Neuropsychiatry / Noropsikiatri Arsivi;2009, Vol. 46 Issue 3, p125 

    Fetishism is defined as the recurrent and intense use of nonliving objects for sexual arousal and gratification. Kleptomania is defined as a recurrent failure to resist impulses to steal objects not needed for personal use or their monetary value. Both fetishism and kleptomania cases are...

  • Response to "The Diagnostic Issue.". DeClue, Gregory // Journal of Psychiatry & Law;Winter2007, Vol. 35 Issue 4, p499 

    One aspect of cases involving civil commitment of sexually violent predators is to distinguish a sexually violent predator from a typical recidivist. I recommend that this be done on a case-by-case basis without any a priori requirement that a person meet criteria for a certain type of diagnosis.

  • Editorial. Crighton, David; Towl, Graham // British Journal of Forensic Practice;May2005, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p2 

    Introduces a series of articles on forensic psychiatry.

  • Instruments d'évaluation de l'aptitude à subir son procès : une recension de la documentation scientifique. Crocker, Anne G.; Ohayon, Maurice; Caulet, Malijai // Canadian Journal of Psychiatry;May1998, Vol. 43 Issue 5, p482 

    Objectives: To present current methods used to assess fitness to stand trial (FST), draw a parallel between these methods and studies of factors associated with decisions regarding FST, and describe the limits inherent to the field of FST. Method: Survey of the relevant literature from Psychinfo...

  • Editorial. Crighton, David; Towl, Graham // British Journal of Forensic Practice;Nov2003, Vol. 5 Issue 4, p2 

    Presents an overview of several articles on forensic psychiatry, published in the November 2003 issue of "The British Journal of Forensic Practice."

  • The role of psychiatric diagnosis in the law. Slovenko, Ralph // Journal of Psychiatry & Law;Fall2002, Vol. 30 Issue 3, p421 

    Comments on the role of psychiatric evaluation in the law. Terms used by the law for mental incompetency; Disorders to which psychiatric experts may still be called as witnesses and testify; Overview of sexually violent predator statutes.

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of VIRGINIA BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY AND SYSTEM

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics