Prevention of pyromania requires a broad-based and flexible approach to treatment of children and adolescents who set fires.

  1. In addition to better assessments of young people and their families, fire-safety education is an important preventive strategy that is often overlooked.
  2. In addition to preventive measures directed specifically at firesetting, recent research into self-control as a general character trait offers hope that it can be taught and practiced like many other human skills.
  3. If programs could be developed to improve people's capacity for self-control, they could potentially prevent a wide range of psychiatric disorders.