Vaiva Martinkienė


Arson is major source of property damage, injury and death in many countries. Firesetting recidivism rates have varied widely in the literature. Mentally disodered firestters have higher rates of reccurens of firesetting than nonmentally disodred firesetters. Arson recidivists psychiatric disorders appear to be heterogeneous and include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder substance abuse, personality dissordrs as well as mental retardation. Pyromania as deliberate and purposful firsetting on more than one occasion is a rare phenomenon. Was analysed 269 forensic psychiatry assessments made in National Service of Forensic Psychiatry from 2000 to 2010.75 % (203) of examined arsonists was diagnosed having psychiatric disorders. 24% of all arsonists was recognized not responsible because of psychiatric disorder. Pyromania was diagnosed only for 2 persons. Data was close to findings mentioned in literature. Further research is needed to examine the fenomenon of impulse control disorder – pyromania.

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Keyword(s): impulse control disorder, arson, pyromania
DOI: 10.5200/265
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