Structured Approach to Juvenile Firesetter Intervention   [open pdf - 316KB]

"The problem was that the Lenexa Fire Department's (LFD) juvenile firesetter intervention did not have clearly defined practices. The purpose of this applied research paper was to identify elements of juvenile firesetter programs that would provide the LFD a structured approach to ensure effectiveness. This study used a descriptive research methodology to answer three research questions: (a) What are the most common practices or steps in program development? (b) What are the required components of a juvenile firesetter program? and (c) What are the guidelines used to measure a juvenile firesetter program? This project used a comprehensive literature review to determine current practices for juvenile firesetter programs. Interviews and a questionnaire were utilized for literature comparison and determination of practical applications for the LFD. The results indicate that most juvenile firesetter programs are utilizing the same basic components that include a juvenile and family interview, future fire risk determination, fire safety education and referral to mental health professionals when appropriate. Training of program staff, early intervention, education prior to firesetting occurrences and follow up procedures are areas identified that impact the success of the programs. The recommendations for the LFD include determining age appropriate educational resources tailored to firesetting behaviors, development of a standard practice guideline for the firesetter program, development of a pre-incident educational program for families, identification of a data collection system for juvenile records and implementation of follow up procedures for all program participants."

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