Dimensions of impulsive behavior in adolescents: laboratory behavioral assessments

Reynolds, Brady; Penfold, Robert B; Patak, Michele (2008). Dimensions of impulsive behavior in adolescents: laboratory behavioral assessments. Experimental and clinical psychopharmacology, 16(2), pp. 124-31. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association 10.1037/1064-1297.16.2.124

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Impulsivity is a multifaceted construct that defines a range of maladaptive behavioral styles. The present research aimed to identify different dimensions of impulsive behavior in adolescents from a battery of laboratory behavioral assessments. In one analysis, correlations were examined between two self report and seven laboratory behavioral measures of impulsivity. The correlation between the two self report measures was high compared to correlations between the self report and laboratory behavioral measures. In a second analysis, a principal components analysis was performed with just the laboratory behavioral measures. Three behavioral dimensions were identified -- "impulsive decision-making", "impulsive inattention", and "impulsive disinhibition". These dimensions were further evaluated using the same sample with a confirmatory factor analysis, which did support the hypothesis that these are significant and independent dimensions of impulsivity. This research indicates there are at least three separate subtypes of impulsive behavior when using laboratory behavioral assessments with adolescent participants.

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Patak, Michael Andreas






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04 Oct 2013 15:01

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