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pyromania

 [pi″ro-ma´ne-ah]
an impulse control disorder consisting of a compulsion to set fires or watch fires, in the absence of monetary or other material gain to the person. The pyromaniac gets intense pleasure and emotional relief from these activities.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

py·ro·ma·ni·a

(pī'rō-mā'nē-ă),
A morbid impulse to set fires.
Synonym(s): incendiarism
[pyro- + G. mania, frenzy]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
A disorder of impulse control which is characterised by a pattern of fire setting for pleasure, gratification, or relief of tension
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

pyromania

Psychiatry  A disorder of impulse control which is characterized by a pattern of fire setting for pleasure, gratification, or relief of tension. See Impulse control disorder.
Pyromania–diagnostic criteria
Diagnostic criteria
(1) The person has set fires deliberately and on purpose on more than 1 occasion (multiple episodes involved)
(2) The person feels a tension or affective arousal before setting the fire
(3) Fascination, interest, attraction and/or curiosity for fire making paraphernalia, fire fighting equipment or any fire-related topic
(4) Pleasure, gratification, or relief may be felt
(a) when setting fires
(b) while witnessing a fire
(c) when participating in the aftermath
Exclusion criteria  
The fire setting cannot be better explained by another disorder (mania, antisocial personality conduct disorder, other).
The fire setting is not done (1) for monetary gain–insurance etc (2) to express a sociopolitical ideology, (3) to conceal a criminal act, (4) as a conscious expression of anger or vengeance, (5) to improve one's living circumstances, (6) in response to a delusion or hallucination, and (7) as a result of impaired judgement due to delusion or intoxication.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

py·ro·ma·ni·a

(pī'rō-mā'nē-ă)
A morbid impulse to set fires.
[pyro- + G. mania, frenzy]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

pyromania

A compulsion to start fires.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

Pyromania

An impulse control disorder in which one sets fires.
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The findings of this study would seem to suggest that factors other than severity and scope of firesetting behavior, contribute toward the decision to make residential placement for adolescents.
This law was created to provide protection for children and adolescents in the care of the Massachusetts Department of Social Services through statutory requirements that placement recommendations for children exhibiting firesetting behaviors be made as a result of a specific evaluation referred to as an Assessment for Safe and Appropriate Placement (ASAP).
For example, exposure to fire at an early age may increase the likelihood that children will engage in maladaptive firesetting behaviors (Jackson, Glass, & Hope, 1987; Kolko & Kazdin, 1986, 1991; Yarnell, 1940).