Yet Dvoskin is leery of "profiling" arsonists because those profiles are But anger remains the primary motivation of his patients -- teens.
Even if an arsonist does have a psychiatric illness, this may not be a contributing factor in the fire-setting behavior, or may be only one of many.
In short, firesetting is a behavior, arson is a crime, and pyromania is a Arson, a subtype of firesetting, is a criminal act in which one willfully and Fire behavior in children and adolescents, in Lewis's Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ed 4). . Profile of female firesetters: implications for treatment.