Pyromania Statistics

(Also Known As: Compulsive Statistics, Obsessive Statistics, Obsession With Starting Fires Statistics, Pyromaniac Statistics, Pyromaniacs Statistics)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

Statistics on Pyromania

  • Pyromania is a very rare disorder and the incidence of the condition is below one percent in the majority of studies.
  • Pyromania can take place in children as young as three years old.
  • Only a small proportion of children and adolescents apprehended for arson are suffering from pyromania. 7
  • Ninety percent of individuals diagnosed with pyromania belong to the male population.
  • In a survey participated by 9,282 Americans using DSM-IV-TR, individuals suffering from impulse control disorders, collectively affected 9% of the entire population.
  • In 1979, a study of the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration revealed that 14% of fires were initiated by pyromaniacs as well as other mental conditions.
  • In some cases, it is difficult to come up with a definite statistics because some acts of pyromania are incorporated in arson figures reported by law enforcement agencies. In order to find statistics of pyromania, forensic experts should analyze arson cases and check on arsonists who are in prison or in psychiatric facilities. 8
  • The real incidence of pyromania in the general population of the United States is relatively unknown. Of the six impulse-control disorders, trichotillomania and pathological gambling seems to be more common in the overall population. It is more prominent in men than in women.
  • Persistent fire setting is more likely in children and adolescents rather than in adult males. The tendency for pyromania seems to be growing in the youth. In 1992, males below 18 years old comprised 40 percent of apprehensions for fire setting. In 2001, the number increased to 55%.
  • By 1999, 89% of juvenile arrests for fire setting comprised of males and 79% were Caucasians. From the male juveniles arrested, 67% were below 15 years old and 35% were lower than 12 years old. There is little evidence of pyromania among adults.

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Intermittent Explosive Disorder – Extreme Expression of Anger, Impulsiveness, Uncontrolled Rage, Outbursts in Moods
Kleptomania – Compulsion to Steal, Hoarding, Collecting of Things Illegally, Shoplifting
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Intrusive Thoughts, Impulsiveness, Strong Inclination Over Something, Compulsive Behavior