Prevention of Impulse Control Disorders

Neda Faregh and Jeffrey L. Derevensky

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

Prevention of Impulse Control Disorders


There is currently no unifying model of prevention for all impulse control disorders. As with many other mental health problems, individuals with impulse control disorders frequently share a host of comorbid disorders with common antecedents, symptoms, and risk factors. It is argued that a comprehensive approach to the prevention of impulse control disorders rests in the adoption of a general mental health prevention framework associated with other psychiatric disorders. Specific programs currently available for the prevention of impulse control disorders are discussed. The adoption of prevention programs targeting multiple and general risk behaviors and the promotion of programs that enhance protective factors leading to resiliency for children and adolescents are advocated. Universal prevention programs designed to enhance self-regulation and promote positive development are presented within a risk protection framework.

Keywords: prevention; impulse control disorder; harm minimization; risk and protective factors; mental health

Article.  12334 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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