Deliberate firesetting by adults with developmental disabilities

Lees-Warley, Gemma T. (2014). Deliberate firesetting by adults with developmental disabilities. University of Birmingham. Clin.Psy.D.

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This thesis is submitted in partial fulfilment to the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Birmingham and comprises two volumes. Volume I of the thesis contains the research component and is presented in the form of three papers related to deliberate firesetting by people with low intellectual functioning. The first paper is a systematic review of the literature in which the existing evidence has been critically examined to determine what is known about adults with low intellectual functioning who deliberately set fires. The second paper is an empirical research paper which utilised Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) to qualitatively explore the experiences of deliberate firesetting by seven adult men with mild intellectual disabilities detained in a secure forensic learning disability service. The third paper is a public domain briefing paper which summarises the main findings of the systematic review and empirical paper and has been produced for distribution to wider audiences and for the individuals who agreed to participate in the empirical research study. Volume II of the thesis comprises the written clinical component and consists of five Clinical Practice Reports (CPR) which relate to work completed during five training placements.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Psychology
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology


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