Impulsivity in Adolescents

Elizabeth K. Reynolds and Linda C. Mayes

in The Oxford Handbook of Impulse Control Disorders

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195389715
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Impulsivity in Adolescents

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Adolescence is the time between the beginning of sexual maturation and adulthood, typically bounded by the ages of 13 to 19 years. One construct that holds a central place in many theories of development and psychopathology is impulsivity. Impulsivity has been considered to play an important role in normal behavior as well as linked to several problematic behaviors that are present or arise during adolescence. Impulsivity, considered to be a multidimensional construct, has been defined and measured in a variety of ways. This chapter will discuss the definitions of impulsivity, measurement (including self-report and behavioral tasks), developmental course, behaviors and disorders in which it is implicated, and future directions.

Keywords: adolescence; impulsivity; measurement; development; externalizing behaviors

Article.  12663 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology ; Criminal and Forensic Psychology

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