Motives for Arson (Fire Raising)

@article{Prins1985MotivesFA,
  title={Motives for Arson (Fire Raising)},
  author={Herschel A. Prins and Gavin Tennent and K. L. K. Trick},
  journal={Medicine, Science and the Law},
  year={1985},
  volume={25},
  pages={275 - 278}
}
Using a sample of imprisoned arsonists, an attempt is made to present a more refined classification of motivation than has been offered in the past. The need for psychiatric opinion on all arsonists is stressed. 

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