is known about the etiology of pyromania, although there is research
supporting an environmental component from early childhood.
involves deliberate and purposeful fire setting on at lease two occasions.
There is typically tension or heightened arousal prior to the act and
gratification or relief afterward. The fire setting is not done for
monetary gain or an expression of anger, vengeance, personal gain, or
typically involves behavior modification. Other treatment approaches
involve seeing the action as an unconscious process and analyzing it as
such may assist in gaining insight and eventually extinguishing the
is fair to poor, but can increase with a positive therapeutic relationship
and a strong motivation to change the behavior. Pyromania often goes
untreated and results in legal difficulties and has a strong connection
with adult antisocial behavior.