Latent traits of impulsivity and compulsivity: towards dimensional psychiatry

Samuel Chamberlain, Jan Stochl, SA Redden & JE Grant
Background: The concepts of impulsivity and compulsivity are commonly used in psychiatry. Little is known about whether different manifest measures of impulsivity and compulsivity (behavior, personality, and cognition) map onto underlying latent traits; and if so, their inter-relationship. Methods: 576 adults were recruited using media advertisements. Psychopathological, personality, and cognitive measures of impulsivity and compulsivity were completed. Confirmatory Factor Analysis was used to identify the optimal model. Results: The data were best explained by a...

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