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Bullying and Firesetting

By Amy Sharp, Dominique Roe-Sepowitz, and Janet Bober

School Social Work Journal, Vol. 33, No. 2, pgs. 86-97 Posted on July 17, 2009

There has been a longstanding acceptance that many kids involved in firesetting experience significant social difficulties including isolation, rejection, a history of relationship conflicts and being bullied by their peers. Kids who are involved in firesetting may be either the bully or the victim, or have elements of both. Social relationship assessment and remedies are thus an important part of many of the intervention plans that we create for these kids. Two recent resources are available to help you to further understand this interaction between firesetting and bullying.

A 2009 Phoenix, Arizona study completed by Amy Sharp, Dominique Roe-Sepowitz, and Janet Boberg explored the interaction between school firesetting and bullying (School Social Work Journal, Vol. 33, No. 2 pgs. 86-97).

The Center for Problem Oriented Policing of the U.S. Department of Justice recently published a guide for Bullying in Schools. The guide provides a comprehensive summary of the problem, tips on how to assess your own local problem, and information of effective responding. It is available as a download from www.cops.usdoj.gov.

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