Impulsivity and adolescent substance use: Rashly dismissed as "all-bad"?

Gullo, Matthew J. and Dawe, Sharon (2008) Impulsivity and adolescent substance use: Rashly dismissed as "all-bad"?. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 32 8: 1507-1518. doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2008.06.003


Author Gullo, Matthew J.
Dawe, Sharon
Title Impulsivity and adolescent substance use: Rashly dismissed as "all-bad"?
Journal name Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0149-7634
1873-7528
Publication date 2008-10
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2008.06.003
Volume 32
Issue 8
Start page 1507
End page 1518
Total pages 12
Editor J. G. Quinn
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Language eng
Abstract The initial use of illicit drugs and alcohol typically occurs during adolescence. Individual differences in impulsivity and related constructs are consistently identified as key factors in the initiation and later problematic use of substances. Consequently, impulsivity is generally regarded as a negative trait; one that conveys only risk. However, what is often overlooked in addiction science is the positive role facets of trait impulsivity can play in everyday life and adaptive functioning. The following review aims to summarize recent advances in the psychobiology of impulsivity, including current perspectives on how it can convey risk for substance misuse. The review will also consider the importance of adolescence as a phase of life characterized by substantial neurodevelopment and natural increases in impulsivity. Uniquely, the review aims to reframe thinking on adolescent impulsivity to include the positive with the negative, and discuss how such thinking can benefit efforts for early intervention and future research.
Keyword Impulsivity
Adolescence
Alcohol
Drugs
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Special section: The European Workshop in Imagery and Cognition: Neurocognition and Visual Imagery

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences -- Publications
 
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Created: Mon, 16 Jul 2012, 16:07:25 EST by Matthew Gullo on behalf of Centre for Youth Substance Abuse