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Citation

Derefinko K, Dewall CN, Metze AV, Walsh EC, Lynam DR. Aggressive Behav. 2011; 37(3): 223-233.

Affiliation

Department of Psychology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky. kjdere2@uky.edu.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2011, International Society for Research on Aggression, Publisher John Wiley and Sons)

DOI

10.1002/ab.20387

PMID

21259270

PMCID

PMC3063858

Abstract

This study examined the relations between impulsivity-related traits (as assessed by the UPPS-P Impulsive Behavior Scale) and aggressive behaviors. Results indicated that UPPS-P Lack of Premeditation and Sensation Seeking were important in predicting general violence. In contrast, UPPS-P Urgency was most useful in predicting intimate partner violence. To further explore relations between intimate partner violence and Urgency, a measure of autonomic response to pleasant and aversive stimuli and facets of Neuroticism from the NEO PI-R were used as control variables. Autonomic responsivity was correlated with intimate partner violence at the zero-order level, and predicted significant variance in intimate partner violence in regression equations. However, UPPS-P Urgency was able to account for unique variance in intimate partner violence, above and beyond measures of Neuroticism and arousal. Implications regarding the use of a multifaceted conceptualization of impulsivity in the prediction of different types of violent behavior are discussed. Aggr. Behav. 37:1-16, 2011. © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.


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