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Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSCP)

Committee Chair

Deborah Wise

Second Advisor

Linda Nishi-Strattner


Juvenile firesetting behavior is a problem with enormous psychological implications and financial costs for society. Life stressors are tentative risk factors for the emergence and perpetuation of juvenile firesetting behavior. This review intends to fill an existing gap in the research by providing a comprehensive overview of the clinical and empirical research on intrapersonal, environmental, and interpersonal life stressors experienced by juvenile firesetters. Throughout this review, hypotheses on the relationship between life stressors and juvenile fire setting behaviors are offered. Areas in need of further investigation are also highlighted. Suggestions for the prevention and treatment of juvenile fire setting are presented in the discussion on life stressors among children and adolescents who set fires