Understanding the Arsonist: From Assessment to Confession

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This revised and expanded second edition provides the latest qualified research into arsonist behavior. New and exampded chapters tackle topics such as female firestarters, revenge firestarters, and thrillseeker firestarters. Dr. Dian Williams, owner and founder of the Center for Arson Research, offers a look at the reasons individuals set fires and the research that influenced it. The Federal Government recognizes her as one of only six arson research fellows in the United States. This text is the only complete collection of her extensive research into firesetting, gathered through interviews with actual or suspected firesetters, analysis of the data, and clinical interpretation of the findings. You ll learn about six specific psychological profiles of firesetters, their motivation for setting fires, and the types of fires they set.

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Dr. Dian Williams is the President and founder of the Center for Arson Research. She was awarded the honor of appointment as a Distinguished Fellow by the International Association of Forensic Nurses for outstanding contributions to the field. Dr. Williams lectures extensively in the U.S. and abroad on the psychopathology of firesetting, fire bombing and domestic terrorism. She appears regularly in print and visual media, and consults with federal, state and local criminal justice and mental health agencies throughout the United States, Canada and with the Home Office in the United Kingdom. During the mid-1980s, Dr. Williams appeared before the U.S. Senate as an expert on juvenile firesetters and violent juvenile offenders. She is a full-time tenured member of the Criminal Justice Department faculty at West Chester University. Dr. Williams is the author of Understanding the Arsonist: From Assessment to Confession, and has contributed a chapter entitled Understanding Arson: Subtypes and Intervention Strategies to the textbook Forensic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice, edited by Hammer et al. (2006). She is editor-in-chief of the Forensic Digest and writes articles for that periodical and other scholarly publications.

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