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(p. 44) Impulsivity and Addiction in Parents 

(p. 44) Impulsivity and Addiction in Parents
(p. 44) Impulsivity and Addiction in Parents

Alexis K. Matusiewicz

, Richard J. Macatee

, Leila Guller

, and C.W. Lejuez

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date: 16 January 2019

This chapter examines the role of impulsivity in problematic parenting, with particular reference to the collateral impact of substance use. It first presents a definition of impulsivity and its potential role in parenting before turning to a discussion of individual difference and situational factors that may give rise to diverse forms of impulsive behavior in parents, including reward sensitivity and negative affect. It then considers cognitive resources and dispositional capacity for inhibition of urges, along with demands for inhibition and cognitive resource depletion. The chapter concludes by assessing the implications of impulsive behavior for treatment of vulnerable, addicted parents.

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