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Impulsivity : Theory, Assessment, and Treatment
Edited by Christopher D. Webster and Margaret A. Jackson
Guilford - POD / Hardcover / Aug 1997
9781572302259 (ISBN-10: 1572302259)
Forensic / Toronto-Area Authors
price: $98.95 (may be subject to change)
462 pages
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Impulsivity features prominently in contemporary descriptions of many psychiatric disorders, and is also a key element in the clinical risk assessment of violence. Thoroughly examining the nature, assessment, and treatment of impulsive conduct, this up-to-date volume brings together contributions from prominent researchers and clinicians in both mental health and correctional settings. Chapters illuminate our current understanding of impulsive behavior from conceptual, legal, and biological perspectives, and address the challenges of describing and measuring it. With special emphasis on how the likelihood of future violent or destructive behavior can best be gauged in specific cases, the volume includes several newly developed risk assessment tools. Impulsivity also provides an invaluable overview of the current state of the research and delineates a broad, clinically pertinent agenda for future study. -- from the publisher

Table of Contents:

Introduction, Jackson and Webster
I. Perspectives
1. A Clinical Perspective on Impulsivity, Webster and Jackson
2. A Legal Perspective on the Concept of "Impulsivity," Ogloff
3. A Social Psychological Perspective on Impulsivity: Intimate Violence as an Example, Dutton
4. A Sociological Perspective on Impulsivity: Some Cautionary Comments on the Genesis of a Clinical Construct, Menzies
5. A Cybernautical Perspective on Impulsivity and Addiction, Clark
II. Foundations
6. The Biopsychology of Impulsivity: Focus on Brain Serotonin, Coscina
7. Brain Impairment in Impulsive Violence, Bowman
8. Impulsivity in Adults: A Critical Review of Measurement Approaches, Parker and Bagby
9. Impulsivity in Children and Adolescents, Zaparniuk and Taylor
10. Impulsivity in Major Mental Disorders, Coles
11. Impulsivity in DSM-IV Impulse-Control Disorders, Hucker
12. Impulsivity and Psychopathy, Hart and Dempster
13. A Conceptual Model for the Study of Violence and Aggression, Jackson
III. Practice: Assessment
14. Assessing Risk of Violence to Others, Webster, Douglas, Eaves, and Hart
15. Assessing Risk of Suicide in Correctional Settings, Polvi
16. Assessing Risk of Violence in Wife Assaulters: The Spousal Assault Risk Assessment Guide, Kropp and Hart
17. Assessing Risk of Sexual Violence: Guidelines for Clinical Practice, Boer, Wilson, Gauthier, and Hart
18. A Guide for Conducting Risk Assessments, Webster
IV. Practice: Treatment
19. Mentally Disordered Offenders: What Research Says about Effective Service, Harris and Rice
20. Pharmacological Approaches to Impulsive and Aggressive Behavior, Conacher
21. A Systems Approach to the Management of Impulsive Behavior, Eaves, Tien, and Wilson
22. Integrated Support: A Case Approach to the Management of Impulsive People, Ryan
23. A Guide for Creating Treatment Programs, Webster

Christopher Webster, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. Formerly Head of Psychology and Head of the Impulsivity Programme at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry in Toronto and Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Criminology at the University of Toronto, Dr. Webster has published extensively about assessing risk of violence.

Margaret Jackson, PhD, a psychologist by training, is Professor and Director of the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University. Formerly a Research Scientist at the Metropolitan Toronto Forensic Service (METFORS), Dr. Jackson has completed several studies on the way dangerousness is perceived by clinicians and members of the judiciary, and has written and edited several books on clinical criminology.

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