Childhood inhibitory control and adolescent impulsivity and novelty seeking as differential predictors of relational and overt aggression

Katherine Sarkisian, Carol Van Hulle, Kathryn Lemery, H. H. Goldsmith

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Abstract

Impulsivity is commonly conflated with novelty seeking, but these traits are conceptually independent and hold different predictive implications. Using a multi-informant, longitudinal design, we examined childhood inhibitory control, as well as adolescent impulsivity and novelty seeking, as predictors of aggression in a sample of 976 twins. Lower childhood inhibitory control and higher adolescent impulsivity predicted both overt and relational aggression in regression analyses that accounted for sex, puberty status, age, and socioeconomic status. As predicted, novelty seeking did not predict aggression, a finding that supports its independence from impulsivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)144-150
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Volume67
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017

Keywords

  • Impulsivity
  • Inhibitory control
  • Novelty seeking
  • Overt aggression
  • Relational aggression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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