The five factor model and impulsivity: Using a structural model of personality to understand impulsivity

Stephen P. Whiteside, Donald R. Lynam

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Abstract

The present project utilized the Five Factor Model of personality (FFM; McCrae & Costa, 1990) to clarify the multi-faceted nature of impulsivity. The NEO-PI-R and a number of commonly used impulsivity measures were administered to over 400 young adults. Exploratory factor analyses identified four distinct personality facets associated with impulsive-like behavior which were labeled urgency, (lack of) premeditation, (lack of) perseverance, and sensation seeking. Each of these traits was marked by a different facet of the FFM. Following the initial factor identification, scales to measure each of the personality facets were created and combined to form the UPPS Impulsive Behavior scale. Implications for the understanding of impulsive behavior and the FFM are discussed, as are future applications of the UPPS impulsive behavior scale.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages669-689
Number of pages21
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2001
Externally publishedYes

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Impulsive Behavior
Structural Models
Personality
Statistical Factor Analysis
Young Adult

Keywords

  • Five factor model; personality; impulsivity; deliberation; sensation seeking; urgency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychology(all)
  • Social Psychology

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The five factor model and impulsivity : Using a structural model of personality to understand impulsivity. / Whiteside, Stephen P.; Lynam, Donald R.

In: Personality and Individual Differences, Vol. 30, No. 4, 03.2001, p. 669-689.

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