纵火背后的另一个主要动机可能与故意犯罪有关。故意纵火不能被认为是孩子的好奇心。在故意纵火的案件中，必须特别注意少年纵火犯。研究发现，大多数参与故意纵火的儿童来自问题家庭，他们的家庭和父母并没有给予太多的支持(Icove和Estepp, 1987)。这些孩子不上学，被发现酗酒和吸毒。青少年纵火犯纵火的其他动机是严重的情绪和精神障碍(Cole, Matkoski, McAndrews, Laurenitis, and Grolnick, 1986)。这些儿童可能患有心理问题，这可能与家庭和家庭环境有关。这些儿童也可能患有严重的精神疾病。青少年纵火的另一个主要原因是“群体犯罪活动”，或团伙的活动，他们在纵火背后有一些主要的目的，如报复或因某人做某事而对其施加压力(Schwartzman et al.， 1997)。在谈到青少年纵火犯的性别时，男孩和女孩都参与了纵火。然而，在大多数情况下，男性纵火者由于反社会行为、无聊而纵火，而女性纵火者的动机是受到性虐待或虐待(Siegel, 2010)。
As informed by the arson task force, arson is the intentional act of setting of fires. According to the Webster dictionary, arson is “wilful and malicious burning of property” (Snyder, 1999). There could be wide range of motives related to Arson. The first reason could be inquisitive youth curious about fire, lighters and matches; second major reason is to do insurance fraud and third major reason is vengeance or just to hide another crime. These are the few motives of arson. Despite of motives and reasons the results are severe injuries and death of innocent people and also damage of millions of dollars. Though smoking is considered to be the first reason of fires and deaths in home, however Arson is second primary reason of home fire death and kills nearly 4,500 citizens each year. It is identified that the term arson could be related to both adults and juveniles. Though, different motives have been recognized in both the cases. The motivation for adult arsonists is usually some kind of personal problem or emotional turmoil, while in case of juvenile the motives are associated with antisocial behaviour or mental illness. The essay will provide the detailed definition of Arson and Juvenile committing arson.
Definition of Arson
Major Motives in Case of Juveniles
The other major motive behind arsons could be connected with intentional commitment of crime. Intentional setting of fire could not be considered as child curiosity. In cases of intentional fire setting juvenile arsonists must be given special attention. It is found that most of the children involved in intentional fire setting comes from problem families and do not have much support from their families and parents (Icove and Estepp, 1987). These children do not go to schools and are found to be involved in alcohol consumptions and drugs. The other motivations of committing arsons by juvenile arsonists are severe emotional and mental disturbance (Cole, Matkoski, McAndrews, Laurenitis, and Grolnick, 1986). These children could be suffering from psychological problems, which could be connected with family and the environment within their homes. Such children may also be suffering from severe mental diseases. Another major reason of juvenile arsons is “delinquent activity in groups”, or the activity of the gang, who have some major goal behind the arson such as to take revenge or to pressurize someone for doing something (Schwartzman et al., 1997). While talking about gender of juvenile arsonists, both boys and girls are involved in fire setting. Though, in most of the cases male arsonists are involved in committing arsons due to antisocial behaviour, boredom, while the motives of girl arsonist is being sexually abused or ill treated (Siegel, 2010).