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Short Test Accurately Identifies Impulse Control Problems

Posted on September 8, 2014 in Alcohol and Drug News

Short Test Accurately Identifies Impulse Control Problems

Impulse control problems are unusual difficulties controlling the momentary, impulsive urges that naturally arise in children and adults. The appearance of these problems is linked to a range of diagnosable health conditions, including substance use disorder, certain types of eating disorders, certain personality disorders and bipolar disorder. Doctors can identify impulse control issues with the help of a screening test called the UPPS-P Impulsive Behavior Scale. In a study scheduled for publication in September 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, researchers from three U.S. universities investigated the accuracy of a shorter form of the UPPS-P that requires much less time to administer to potentially affected individuals.

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