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(p. 1) The Significance of the Problem 

(p. 1) The Significance of the Problem
(p. 1) The Significance of the Problem

David J. Kolko

and Eric M. Vernberg

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date: 17 April 2021

This introductory chapter describes the elements that will be covered in this book. It introduces child firesetting as a national problem, responsible for significant individual and societal consequences. It elaborates on rates of firesetting in juveniles and describes the characteristics of children who play with fire, as well as family characteristics and correlates. The chapter cites the need for assessment and evaluation tools, emphasizing that assessment should be tailored to the population and the context in which the problem is documented and managed. The current state of interventions and treatment is discussed, including surveys of community-based intervention programs. Recidivism is covered, citing statistics from various surveys. The chapter concludes with an overview of this clinical guide.

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