A Comparative Analysis of Aggressive and Anxious Youth Fire Setters

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 2,6
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 7: Psychological Services for Specific Groups of Students

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. understand common risk factors of aggressive and anxious youth who set fires.
  2. learn about and be able to identify the differences among various typologies and motivations of youth who set fires.
  3. identify the essential components of a comprehensive fire setting risk evaluation.
  4. identify critical ways in which school psychologists can collaborate with community-based providers to develop and implement differentiated, successful interventions for youth who set fires.


Little is known about the correlates between fire setting and personality for the heterogeneous subgroups of youth who set fires. The purpose of this session is to discuss the findings of a retroactive comparative design study using the Jesness Inventory-Revised and the Fire Risk Assessment Tool for Youth (FRAT-Y) to examined differences between aggressive and anxious subgroups of youth fire setters. The implications for school psychologists in prevention, assessment, treatment, and collaboration will be discussed.



Amy Rickett, Ludlow Public Schools
Jason P. Kaplan, William James College


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