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Title: Characteristics viewed in the artwork of latency-aged juvenile firesetters
Authors: Charney, Megan Lee
Keywords: Art Therapy
Issue Date: Aug-2002
Abstract: This study explores the graphic indicators in artwork of 30 child firesetters, between the ages of 6-12, who have been identified to be in high to low risk firesetting levels. The objective of the research was to develop a guide that would help to distinguish between levels of risk and assist in early prevention and intervention. There seems to be little literature written within the art therapy field that speaks to firesetters/firesetting behavior. For this reason, there seems to be a scarce amount of information in the field regarding characteristics in the artwork of a firesetter. Ex post facto data (Kinetic-House-Tree-Person drawing (Burns, 1987)) was collected from the existing files of a local juvenile fire education and intervention program, located in a Fire Marshal's Office in New Jersey. It was analyzed using the Formal Elements Art Therapy Scale (Gantt & Tabone, 1998). The hypothesis of this research was that there would be a direct correlation between the formal elements in the art productions and the fire risk levels. The results from this study will be used to help characterize the artwork of each of the three firesetting levels in order to develop a scale that can be used to rate the art productions of juvenile firesetters. With this information, risks can be identified and early intervention may be implemented. Intraclass correlations were used to obtain inter-rater reliability. The Mean scores from the three raters showed that Level One firesetters tend to have the highest scores on 10 of the 13 scales. Level Two firesetters received the lowest scores in 10 of the 13 scales. Males' scores were higher than the females' scores in both Level One and Three. In conclusion, this researcher's credence that Level One firesetters would score the highest on the scales proved true. However, the results of Level Two and Level Three were thought to have been differently. Pearson product moment correlations indicated that the correlation between levels of risk and the FEATS scores were not statistically significant. A one-way ANOVA was run to find differences between groups, which compared males and females for level of risk and FEATS scores. These were also not statistically significant.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/1090
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