The term impulsivity is often used to describe behavior that is both spontaneous and detrimental. Impulsivity is multidimensional and
is associated with numerous mental disorders as well as socially deviant behaviors ranging from behaviors targeted towards others such as
aggression, to behaviors targeted toward oneself, for example, self-harm and suicide. As a clinical construct impulsivity is highly predictive
of poor prognosis thus further emphasizing its clinical relevance. Therefore, the need exists for impulsivity to be clinically assessed and this
assessment should take place at the same time as the assessment of risk. As risk and impulsivity are interrelated and interact. Although there
are existing self-report rating scales for trait-based impulsivity, a dearth exists in regards to assessment of impulsivity in clinical practice that
is focused and pragmatic. Thus, a pragmatic rubric to guide the individualized assessment of impulsivity in a clinical population is proposed.
The quadrants espoused will assist both with the formulation of questions and categorization of responses to determine the most appropriate
interventions for the client.