Do different facets of impulsivity predict different types of aggression?
Article first published online: 21 JAN 2011
© 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Volume 37, Issue 3, pages 223–233, May/June 2011
How to Cite
Derefinko, K., DeWall, C. N., Metze, A. V., Walsh, E. C. and Lynam, D. R. (2011), Do different facets of impulsivity predict different types of aggression?. Aggr. Behav., 37: 223–233. doi: 10.1002/ab.20387
- Issue published online: 23 MAR 2011
- Article first published online: 21 JAN 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 18 NOV 2010
- Manuscript Received: 14 APR 2010
- National Institute on Drug Abuse. Grant Number: DA005312
- intimate partner violence;
- sensation seeking;
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. 37:223–233, 2011. © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.