The fire – fire user relationship: a grounded theory of criminalised fire users’ experiences

Horsley, Faye (2021) The fire – fire user relationship: a grounded theory of criminalised fire users’ experiences. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 32 (6). pp. 902-916. ISSN 1478-9949

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Progress has been made in the psychological study of arson and firesetting but existing research is predominantly offence-focussed, meaning that the nuances of humans’ relationship with fire have not been fully captured. This study explored the fire – fire user relationship from the perspective of an incarcerated sample. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 12 adults with arson convictions and/or a record of institutional firesetting. Data analysis was based on the principles of grounded theory. Three themes were identified, underpinning participants’ life-long psychological relationship with fire, namely: 1) Immediate Gratification, 2) Self-Concept, and 3) Self-Preservation. This study is the first to explore the lifelong fire – fire user relationship. Implications are discussed, most notably in relation to how findings could inform youth firesetting prevention initiatives.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Firesetting, arson, forensic psychology, qualitative, grounded theory, evolution
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2021 16:11
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2022 03:32

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