Types of Juvenile Firesetters
THE CURIOUS FIRESETTER
This child is curious about fire and plays with it in order to learn about it. The curious child needs fire prevention education and supervision to channel his/her interests to safer, non-ignition fire activities.
THE DELINQUENT FIRESETTER
The delinquent firesetter is responding to peer pressure and acting without thinking about the consequences of his/her actions. He/she needs to take responsibilty for his/her actions with fire prevention education and community service that is court mandated.
THE CRISIS FIRESETTER
This child sends a "cry for help" with his or her firesetting, because they are unable to cope with some trauma or stress. The crisis firesetter needs supportive fire prevention education and counseling to help him/her learn safer ways to cope with problems.
THE PATHOLOGICAL FIRESETTER
This emotionally disturbed child uses the power of fire to compensate for feelings of helplessness. This child needs intensive treatment in a secure hospital or residential program.