Impulsivity and Substance Use in Young Adulthood

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Background and Objectives Although the significant role of impulsive personality on substance use has been widely documented, distinct aspects of impulsivity and their relation to substance use during young adulthood have received scant attention. We sought to fill this research gap and explored impulsivity subtraits in relation to hazardous drinking and illicit substance use in young adulthood. Methods The present study used cross-sectional survey data collected from a community sample of 257 young adults aged 1825 (53% female). Data were primarily analyzed by three different types of regression models. Results We found impulsivity to be more strongly associated with illicit substance use than hazardous drinking during young adulthood. Among the four impulsivity subtraits examined, lack of premeditation (p<.01) and sensation seeking (p<.05) were significantly related to illicit substance use in young adulthood. Conclusions and Significance These findings suggest that each impulsivity subtrait might play different roles in illicit substance use during young adulthood. For young adults, assessment of differential patterns of impulsive personality in individuals with substance use problems may have important implication for treatment strategies. (Am J Addict 2013;22:39-45)
Publisher
WILEY-BLACKWELL
Issue Date
2013-01
Language
English
Article Type
Article
Keywords

ALCOHOL-USE DISORDERS; DRUG-USE; IDENTIFICATION TEST; SENSATION SEEKING; BEHAVIOR SCALE; HEAVY DRINKING; 4-FACTOR MODEL; PERSONALITY; ABUSE; RELIABILITY

Citation

AMERICAN JOURNAL ON ADDICTIONS, v.22, no.1, pp.39 - 45

ISSN
1055-0496
DOI
10.1111/j.1521-0391.2013.00324.x
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/174609
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