Assessing the impulse control of violent offenders using computer-based cognitive performance tasks

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dc.contributor.advisor Hammond, Sean en
dc.contributor.author Fox, Siobhán
dc.date.accessioned 2014-03-24T17:20:29Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.date.submitted 2013
dc.identifier.citation Fox, S. 2013. Assessing the impulse control of violent offenders using computer-based cognitive performance tasks. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/1488
dc.description.abstract The topic of this thesis is impulsivity. The meaning and measurement of impulse control is explored, with a particular focus on forensic settings. Impulsivity is central to many areas of psychology; it is one of the most common diagnostic criteria of mental disorders and is fundamental to the understanding of forensic personalities. Despite this widespread importance there is little agreement as to the definition or structure of impulsivity, and its measurement is fraught with difficulty owing to a reliance on self-report methods. This research aims to address this problem by investigating the viability of using simple computerised cognitive performance tasks as complementary components of a multi-method assessment strategy for impulse control. Ultimately, the usefulness of this measurement strategy for a forensic sample is assessed. Impulsivity is found to be a multifaceted construct comprised of a constellation of distinct sub-dimensions. Computerised cognitive performance tasks are valid and reliable measures that can assess impulsivity at a neuronal level. Self-report and performance task methods assess distinct components of impulse control and, for the optimal assessment of impulse control, a multi-method battery of self-report and performance task measures is advocated. Such a battery is shown to have demonstrated utility in a forensic sample, and recommendations for forensic assessment in the Irish context are discussed. en
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dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2013, Siobhan Fox en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Impulse control en
dc.subject Impulsivity en
dc.subject Offenders en
dc.subject Cognitive performance tasks en
dc.subject Computerised assessment en
dc.subject.lcsh Violent offenders en
dc.subject.lcsh Psychology en
dc.title Assessing the impulse control of violent offenders using computer-based cognitive performance tasks en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD (Arts) en
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dc.check.date 10000-01-01
dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Applied Psychology en
dc.check.reason This thesis is due for publication or the author is actively seeking to publish this material en
dc.check.opt-out Yes en
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dc.check.entireThesis Entire Thesis Restricted
dc.check.embargoformat E-thesis on CORA only en
dc.internal.conferring Spring Conferring 2014 en


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