Non-Journal Articles

Case Study: Finding the Cause of Teen’s Firesetting Leads to Lasting Solutions


By Publication Manager  |  May 9, 2013

James*, a 15-year-old African-American male, appeared in juvenile court after allegedly setting a fire that resulted in significant damage to his foster home and being charged with arson.


Bullying and Firesetting

By Amy Sharp, Dominique Roe-Sepowitz, and Janet Bober  |  Jan 4, 2011

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 [...]


Personalized Parent Voice Smoke Alarms: Better for Awakening Children in Case of Fire

By Publication Manager  |  Jan 2, 2011

A 2006 study that compared children’s responses to a conventional tone smoke alarm to a smoke alarm which contains a personalized recording of a parent’s voice demonstrated that children were more likely to awaken, and respond appropriately, when hearing their parent’s voice. Study Results 96% of children awakened to the parent recorded voice alarm as [...]


The Australian Bushfire Arson Prevention Initiative

By Publication Manager  |  Jan 2, 2011

Dr. Tahl Kestin Research Project Manager at the Monash Sustainability Institute & Climate Works Australia, wanted to share this new report with the MatchBook Community. The report is the outcome of a symposium on bushfire arson prevention, held jointly by the Australian Bushfire Arson Prevention Initiative and the Australian Institute of Criminology in Melbourne, 25-26 [...]


Adolescent “Crisis” Firesetting: Meet Jonathan

By Michael L. Slavkin Ph.D.  |  Aug 10, 2009

Jonathan enters my office, throwing himself into the chair across from mine, frustrated that he is late for his appointment. His actions and expressions make him look like a little kid, sulking after not getting his way…


“Firesetters” and “Firestarters”: A Case Against Labeling?


By Robert Stadolnik, Ed. D.  |  Aug 5, 2009

For any number of years professionals in all disciplines who work with juvenile firesetting have expressed and demonstrated varying levels of comfort with the use of terms such as “firesetter” or “firestarter” to describe the kids they work with or as included within the names of their intervention programs…