Firesetting behavior results in serious damage to lives and property every year. Firesetting has been linked to a number of comorbid psychiatric disorders including depression, substance abuse, conduct disorder, antisocial personality disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, psychotic disorder, schizoid personality disorder, and schizophrenia. Psychiatric disorders differ by gender. In addition, juvenile firesetters have history of a separate set of psychiatric comorbidities. The strong correlation between psychiatric comorbidities and firesetting behavior illustrates the need for fire service and mental health collaboration.

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Published in International Journal of Child and Adolescent Health, v. 7, no. 2, p. 109-115.

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Reprinted as a book chapter in Child Health and Human Development Yearbook 2014. Joav Merrick, (Ed.). p. 121-128.

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