Arson

Women compared to men are more likely to be charged with or convicted of arson and to have previous histories of fire-setting behavior. In a literature review, Gannon (2010) concluded that research to date suggests that female arsonists differ in three ways from male arsonists: 1) pathology (often depression and absence of sexual fetishism associated with arson), 2) motivation (higher prevalence of attention seeking / 'cry for help') and 3) problems in childhood (higher prevalence of sexual abuse).