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Impulsivity

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Impulsivity features prominently in contemporary descriptions of many psychiatric disorders, and is also a key element in the clinical risk assessment of violence. Thoroughly examining the nature, assessment, and treatment of impulsive conduct, this up-to-date volume brings together contributions from prominent researchers and clinicians in both mental health and correctional settings. Chapters illuminate our current understanding of impulsive behavior from conceptual, legal, and biological perspectives, and ...
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Overview

Impulsivity features prominently in contemporary descriptions of many psychiatric disorders, and is also a key element in the clinical risk assessment of violence. Thoroughly examining the nature, assessment, and treatment of impulsive conduct, this up-to-date volume brings together contributions from prominent researchers and clinicians in both mental health and correctional settings. Chapters illuminate our current understanding of impulsive behavior from conceptual, legal, and biological perspectives, and address the challenges of describing and measuring it. With special emphasis on how the likelihood of future violent or destructive behavior can best be gauged in specific cases, the volume includes several newly developed risk assessment tools. Impulsivity also provides an invaluable overview of the current state of the research and delineates a broad, clinically pertinent agenda for future study.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Take an interesting idea of developing practical relevance, secure the services of insightful thinkers from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds (including dissidents), arrange a conference and then have the papers skillfully edited into a coherent and structured volume full of stimulating ideas. That is what Chris Webster and Margaret Jackson have done with Impulsivity. A very wide range of issues and perspectives are considered, although more on the positive, socially valued, aspects of impulsivity would have been appreciated. From different disciplinary perspectives to applications to particular groups of people; from implications for risk assessment to different approaches to treatment, in 23 chapters. Different readers will find the volume timely for their own particular reasons; for me, as a lawyer, it is the recognition of the need to move away from dichotomous cognitive tests of responsibility toward assessments of ability to control behavior, to change, and to learn. This is a very stimulating and rewarding collection." --David Carson, L.L.B, Reader in Law and Behavioural Science, Faculty of Law, The University of Southampton

"Impulsivity: Perspectives, Policy, and Practice is an important and impressive collection of state-of-the-art reviews on theoretical, empirical, and clinical aspects of impulsivity, and the technology for its assessment and treatment. This book gives a lucid and readable account of the state of professional knowledge on impulsivity, then delivers a series of thoughtful and practical analyses of the implications and applications of this knowledge. This valuable resource for researchers and clinicians should go a long way toward 'bridging the gap' between knowledge and practice concerning issues of impulsivity, particularly as it pertains to risk for violence. This book squarely delivers on its promise as a comprehensive treatise on impulsivity, but it goes even further to make a significant contribution to the professional literature on violence risk assessment. This is the most comprehensive and definitive reference on impulsivity currently available." --Randy Borum, PsyD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center

"This book is a major contribution to the field. It is a very well written, wide-ranging, informative, and useful exploration of the nature, assessment, and treatment of impulsive antisocial behavior in adults and older adolescents. It also provides excellent guidelines for conducting violence risk assessments in a variety of circumstances. Impulsivity: Perspectives, Principles, and Practice should be required reading for all doctoral students in clinical psychology and related fields; and many practicing clinicians and other professionals who are concerned with impulsive individuals will find the book to be well worth reading and having on their shelves." --Thomas R. Litwack, PhD, JD, Professor of Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Geri R. Donenberg, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book is a multidisciplinary examination of impulsivity that includes perspectives from clinical psychology, the law, social psychology, developmental psychology, criminology, and sociology. Twenty-three chapters are divided into four parts: theory and paradigms, underlying assumptions, assessment, and treatment. Chapters address a broad range of issues arising from the concept of impulsivity, such as brain impairment in impulsive individuals, the ability to predict sexual violence, assessment of risk, and links to mental illness.
Purpose: The book's purpose is to provide guidelines for understanding, assessing, and treating impulsivity from multiple perspectives and by knowledgeable experts in the field. By presenting a more complex view of impulsivity, the authors endeavor to help professionals work more effectively with impulsive people. These objectives are worthy.
Audience: The book is written primarily for mental health and prison mental health professionals, but would appeal to those in public health, health policy, and the criminal justice system because of its integrated and multidisciplinary perspective. Contributors are mainly from Canadian universities and represent the specialties of psychiatry, psychology, and criminology.
Features: Chapters include subheadings to facilitate easy reading. There are several figures and tables to supplement the text. Reference lists are relatively current, citations are mostly from the middle to late 1980's and early 1990's. Only a subject index is provided.
Assessment: This monograph makes an interesting contribution to the literature. It is unique in its multidisciplinary coverage and attention to issues beyond mental health. A particularly noteworthy focus of the book is on how impulsivity relates to violence and the law, and chapter contributors represent varied perspectives on the cause and treatment of this complex construct. Chapters vary somewhat in quality, but this book is a useful addition to the literature.
Geri R. Donenberg
This book is a multidisciplinary examination of impulsivity that includes perspectives from clinical psychology, the law, social psychology, developmental psychology, criminology, and sociology. Twenty-three chapters are divided into four parts: theory and paradigms, underlying assumptions, assessment, and treatment. Chapters address a broad range of issues arising from the concept of impulsivity, such as brain impairment in impulsive individuals, the ability to predict sexual violence, assessment of risk, and links to mental illness. The book's purpose is to provide guidelines for understanding, assessing, and treating impulsivity from multiple perspectives and by knowledgeable experts in the field. By presenting a more complex view of impulsivity, the authors endeavor to help professionals work more effectively with impulsive people. These objectives are worthy. The book is written primarily for mental health and prison mental health professionals, but would appeal to those in public health, health policy, and the criminal justice system because of its integrated and multidisciplinary perspective. Contributors are mainly from Canadian universities and represent the specialties of psychiatry, psychology, and criminology. Chapters include subheadings to facilitate easy reading. There are several figures and tables to supplement the text. Reference lists are relatively current, citations are mostly from the middle to late 1980's and early 1990's. Only a subject index is provided. This monograph makes an interesting contribution to the literature. It is unique in its multidisciplinary coverage and attention to issues beyond mental health. A particularly noteworthy focus of thebook is on how impulsivity relates to violence and the law, and chapter contributors represent varied perspectives on the cause and treatment of this complex construct. Chapters vary somewhat in quality, but this book is a useful addition to the literature.
Booknews
Twenty-three papers address the implications of impulse control as a key component of mental disorders, with emphasis upon the prediction of violence. In addition to clinical, social, and legal perspectives, topics include biopsychology, assessment, and approaches to treatment. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572302259
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 482
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author


Christopher Webster, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. Formerly Head of Psychology and Head of the Impulsivity Programme at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry in Toronto and Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Criminology at the University of Toronto, Dr. Webster has published extensively about assessing risk of violence.

Margaret Jackson, PhD, a psychologist by training, is Professor and Director of the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University. Formerly a Research Scientist at the Metropolitan Toronto Forensic Service (METFORS), Dr. Jackson has completed several studies on the way dangerousness is perceived by clinicians and members of the judiciary, and has written and edited several books on clinical criminology.

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Table of Contents


Introduction, Jackson and Webster
I. Perspectives
1. A Clinical Perspective on Impulsivity, Webster and Jackson
2. A Legal Perspective on the Concept of "Impulsivity," Ogloff
3. A Social Psychological Perspective on Impulsivity: Intimate Violence as an Example, Dutton
4. A Sociological Perspective on Impulsivity: Some Cautionary Comments on the Genesis of a Clinical Construct, Menzies
5. A Cybernautical Perspective on Impulsivity and Addiction, Clark
II. Foundations
6. The Biopsychology of Impulsivity: Focus on Brain Serotonin, Coscina
7. Brain Impairment in Impulsive Violence, Bowman
8. Impulsivity in Adults: A Critical Review of Measurement Approaches, Parker and Bagby
9. Impulsivity in Children and Adolescents, Zaparniuk and Taylor
10. Impulsivity in Major Mental Disorders, Coles
11. Impulsivity in DSM-IV Impulse-Control Disorders, Hucker
12. Impulsivity and Psychopathy, Hart and Dempster
13. A Conceptual Model for the Study of Violence and Aggression, Jackson
III. Practice: Assessment
14. Assessing Risk of Violence to Others, Webster, Douglas, Eaves, and Hart
15. Assessing Risk of Suicide in Correctional Settings, Polvi
16. Assessing Risk of Violence in Wife Assaulters: The Spousal Assault Risk Assessment Guide, Kropp and Hart
17. Assessing Risk of Sexual Violence: Guidelines for Clinical Practice, Boer, Wilson, Gauthier, and Hart
18. A Guide for Conducting Risk Assessments, Webster
IV. Practice: Treatment
19. Mentally Disordered Offenders: What Research Says about Effective Service, Harris and Rice
20. Pharmacological Approaches to Impulsive and Aggressive Behavior, Conacher
21. A Systems Approach to the Management of Impulsive Behavior, Eaves, Tien, and Wilson
22. Integrated Support: A Case Approach to the Management of Impulsive People, Ryan
23. A Guide for Creating Treatment Programs, Webster
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