Being in the wrong place at the wrong time
to just by chance suffer a loss
because of someone else’s failure
Arson fires — fires set deliberately — kill people, maim people, destroy property, and damage property. More than half of arson firesetters are children. Children start fires for a variety of reasons. Childhood trauma is one of them.
Firestarting children act in response to parents who are absent, distant, or uninvolved.
Traumatized children set fires to express anger toward fathers for abuse and toward mothers for rejection, neglect, or abandonment.
(pages 9, 10, 11)
Severely disturbed juvenile firesetters have often endured such neglect and dysfuntional relationships with their parents that they experience PTSD and General Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Setting fires is one way to release anxiety.
282,600 intentional fires reported to U.S. fire departments each year
420 civilian deaths
1,360 civilian injuries
$1.3 billion in direct property damage
Parents who neglect and abuse their children create negative feelings in their children. Neglected and abused children who need to express those negative feelings too often do so by setting fires. The failure of parents to satisfy their children’s needs can lead to freaky failure for victims of child firesetters.
National Fire Protection Association
“Juvenile Firestarting: A Research Overview”
Charles T. Putnam and John T. Kirkpatrick
Juvenile Justice Bulletin
“Trauma Symptoms and Social Skills Deficits in Juvenile Firesetters”
Pacific University CommonKnowledge
July 24, 2009
Paula M. Kramer
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