Differentiating impulsive and premeditated aggression: self and informant perspectives among adolescents with personality pathology

J Pers Disord. 2009 Feb;23(1):76-84. doi: 10.1521/pedi.2009.23.1.76.

Abstract

Previous research has articulated the conceptual differentiation of impulsive and premeditated aggression. Little, if any, of this research has examined personological differences among adolescents with aggression-oriented pathology, and little, if any, has examined both self and informant perspectives. The current study examined such differentiation within a Conduct Disorder population in which normal and pathological personality characteristics were examined via self- and informant-report. Results indicated the two forms of aggression were independent: high impulsive aggression was associated with high Neuroticism, but high premeditated aggression was associated with low Agreeableness and high Extraversion. Overall, adolescents high in impulsive aggression had a pattern of personality characteristics that are seen as socially-detached and emotionally volatile. In contrast, adolescents high in premeditated aggression had a pattern of characteristics seen as egocentric and socially-engaged but without concern for others. The results have implications for the social and motivational mechanisms producing the two forms of aggression.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior / psychology*
  • Aggression / psychology*
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder / diagnosis*
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder / epidemiology
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder / psychology
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / psychology
  • Comorbidity
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Impulsive Behavior / diagnosis*
  • Impulsive Behavior / epidemiology
  • Impulsive Behavior / psychology
  • Male
  • Psychometrics
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Self-Assessment*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Texas
  • Urban Population