Elucidation of impulsivity

Enticott, Peter G. and Ogloff, James R.P. 2006, Elucidation of impulsivity, Australian psychologist, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 3-14, doi: 10.1080/00050060500391894.

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Title Elucidation of impulsivity
Author(s) Enticott, Peter G.ORCID iD for Enticott, Peter G. orcid.org/0000-0002-6638-951X
Ogloff, James R.P.
Journal name Australian psychologist
Volume number 41
Issue number 1
Start page 3
End page 14
Total pages 12
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2006-03
ISSN 0005-0067
Summary Despite the widespread use of the term "impulsivity in virtually every field of psychology, the concept is both poorly defined and misunderstood. Beyond some general reference to reduced impulse control, considerable ambiguity surrounds what exactly is meant by "impulsive. The ambiguity has largely arisen from disagreement concerning the processes that cause this rapid, spontaneous, excessive, and unplanned behaviour. The aims of the present paper are to (a) provide a critical review of the current way in which psychologists conceptualise and measure impulsivity; (b) provide a framework (a three-tiered conceptualisation of impulsivity) for a revised and clarified conceptualisation; and (c) make recommendations, using this framework, for future impulsivity research and practice. It will also be demonstrated that impulsivity, as it is presently conceptualised, is not a construct, rather a behavioural outcome of several distinct constructs. Recommendations for future empirical explorations of impulsivity include a shift toward specific causal explanations presumed to underlie such behaviour, and valid and reliable quantification of impulsive behaviour and its causal mechanisms. Clinical implications of the three-tiered conceptualisation are discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/00050060500391894
Field of Research 1701 Psychology
1702 Cognitive Science
Socio Economic Objective 0 Not Applicable
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, The Australian Psychological Society
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