Forest Arsonists: Criminal Profiling and its Implications for Intervention and Prevention
The main aims of this study are the characterisation of criminal, psychological and social aspects of the Portuguese forest arsonists and the identification of their most important criminal characteristics. The research variables include criminal behaviour, socio-demographic and psychological and juridical-penal aspects. Results from a sample of 452 offenders show a typology characterised by four types of forest arsonists: instrumental-retaliatory; instrumental-beneficial; expressive-clinical history; expressive-fire attraction. The subsequent need for differentiated intervention and prevention strategies is discussed.
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