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The Clinical Assessment of Impulsivity

Journal Article


Abstract


  • 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.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Pai, N. Brahmavar., Vella, S. & Dawes, K. (2018). The Clinical Assessment of Impulsivity. Archives of Medicine and Health Sciences, 6 (1), 95-98.

Number Of Pages


  • 3

Start Page


  • 95

End Page


  • 98

Volume


  • 6

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • India

Abstract


  • 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.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Pai, N. Brahmavar., Vella, S. & Dawes, K. (2018). The Clinical Assessment of Impulsivity. Archives of Medicine and Health Sciences, 6 (1), 95-98.

Number Of Pages


  • 3

Start Page


  • 95

End Page


  • 98

Volume


  • 6

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • India