Applying Social Learning Theory to Childhood and Adolescent Firesetting: Can it Lead to Serial Murder?

  title={Applying Social Learning Theory to Childhood and Adolescent Firesetting: Can it Lead to Serial Murder?},
  author={Stephen D Singer and Christopher Hensley},
  journal={International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology},
  pages={461 - 476}
Despite the fact that serial murder has existed for centuries, it has been given little academic attention in the social science literature. Existing studies have primarily examined the motivational factors involved in the commission of serial murder. However, research examining the childhood and adolescent backgrounds of serial murderers is scant. Based on three case studies of serial murderers, this study contributes to the existing literature by exploring the possible link between childhood… 

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