International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy
  

Volume 12 Num. 3 - October 2012

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Analysis of impulsivity in different groups of aggressive adolescents

Volume 12 Num. 3 - October 2012 - Pages 441-452

Authors:

Jos? Manuel Andreu Rodr?guez , Mar?a Elena Pe?a Fern?ndez , Mar?a Penado Abilleira

Abstract:

Given the limited research focused on the relationship between aggression and impulsivity in adolescents, and the significant effects of this relationship highlighted in the studies on this topic, this paper analyzes impulsivity in different groups of aggressive adolescents. Two self-report questionnaires, the Questionnaire of Reactive and Proactive Aggression and the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale were applied in a sample of 400 adolescents of the Community of Madrid, between 12 and 18 years of age. The results showed that reactive, proactive and mixed aggressive adolescents reported higher overall impulsivity than non-aggressive ones. Particularly, all aggressive groups showed higher scores of motor impulsivity than non-aggressive, whereas proactive aggressive adolescents showed higher levels of non-planner impulsivity. There were no differences according to age and sex of the participants. These results are discussed pointing out the relevance of impulsivity in the different types of aggression analyzed, in particular according to prevention and intervention with this risk population.

Key words:

aggresion, impulsiveness, adolescents

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