An investigation of the correlations between aggression, impulsiveness, social problem-solving, and alcohol use
Article first published online: 4 NOV 2002
Copyright © 2002 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Volume 28, Issue 6, pages 439–445, 2002
How to Cite
McMurran, M., Blair, M. and Egan, V. (2002), An investigation of the correlations between aggression, impulsiveness, social problem-solving, and alcohol use. Aggr. Behav., 28: 439–445. doi: 10.1002/ab.80017
- Issue published online: 4 NOV 2002
- Article first published online: 4 NOV 2002
- Manuscript Accepted: 11 JUL 2001
- Manuscript Received: 12 JAN 2001
- alcohol use
Impulsivity has been shown to predict aggression and heavy drinking in males, and poor social problem-solving has been identified as a potential mediating variable in this relationship. We set out to investigate the inter-relationships among impulsiveness, social problem-solving, aggression, and alcohol use in a non-offender sample of British males (N=70). Of our proposed relationships, only two were significant: higher impulsivity was related to poorer social problem-solving, and poorer social problem-solving was related to greater aggression. Combining impulsivity and social problem-solving indicated that poor social problem-solving, not impulsivity, was what exerted the influence over aggression in this sample. Impulsivity perhaps presents an obstacle to learning in the early developmental years, and the legacy of poor problem-solving is what later contributes to aggression. Aggr. Behav. 28:439–445, 2002. © 2002 Wiley-Liss, Inc.