Comorbidity in impulsivity-related disorders as an artifact of common personality structure

Jessica L. Combs, Gregory T. Smith

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There is marked comorbidity among multiple impulsivity-related behaviors. The authors tested the theory that assessing four personality traits (negative urgency, lack of perseverance, distress tolerance and ineffectiveness) will help explain the comorbidity between these behaviors. Structural equation modeling (n = 533) was used to describe the relationships between the traits and the behaviors. The traits were significantly related to several hypothesized forms of dysfunction. Understanding comorbidity of impulsivityrelated disorders as an artifact of the underlying personality structures shared by the disorders may prove beneficial for assessment, research, and treatment. These findings suggest the value of assessing personality to describe basic dimensions of dysfunction.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPsychology of Impulsivity
Number of pages21
StatePublished - Mar 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Psychology


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