The research of firesetting has been conducted in different ways and lacks a coherent, consistent and comprehensive set of empirical findings. A recent review concluded that despite a number of risk factors being repeatedly identified, an understanding of the etiology behind firesetting behavior and potential developmental trajectories remains theoretically rather than empirically based. Existing theories do not take sufficient account of the complexities of firesetting behavior and there is not yet a typology and accompanying assessment that has undergone thorough empirical testing and is of significant clinical utility. Due to the relationship between firesetting and antisocial behavior there is a need for interdisciplinary intervention for firesetters that includes assessment and provides an individualized and developmentally appropriate approach.
Merrick, Joav; Bowling, Carrie Howell; and Omar, Hatim A., "Children, Adolescents and Firesetting" (2014). Pediatrics Faculty Publications. 104.