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

Differentiating Impulsive and Premeditated Aggression: Self and Informant Perspectives Among Adolescents With Personality Pathology

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Differentiating Impulsive and Premeditated Aggression: Self and Informant Perspectives Among Adolescents With Personality Pathology

Kris J Gauthier et al. J Pers Disord. .
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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.

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