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Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Treatment & clinical psychology
How impulsivity relates to compulsive buying and the burden perceived by caregivers after moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury.
Rochat, Lucien [> >]
Beni, Catia [> >]
Billieux, Joël mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Integrative Research Unit: Social and Individual Development (INSIDE)]
Annoni, Jean-Marie [> >]
Van der Linden, Martial [> >]
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[en] Adaptation, Psychological ; Adult ; Brain Injuries/complications/psychology ; Caregivers/psychology ; Compulsive Behavior/etiology/psychology ; Executive Function ; Female ; Humans ; Impulsive Behavior/etiology/psychology ; Injury Severity Score ; Male ; Middle Aged ; Surveys and Questionnaires
[en] BACKGROUND: Impulsivity is a core feature in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI). The aim of the study is to investigate how a specific dimension of impulsivity, namely urgency (the tendency to act rashly when distressed), might shed new light on the aetiology of compulsive buying proneness in patients with TBI and to explore how urgency and compulsive buying relate to the burden perceived by the caregivers. SAMPLING AND METHODS: Caregivers of 74 patients with TBI were given 3 questionnaires in order to assess their subjective burden as well as patients' impulsivity and compulsive buying proneness. RESULTS: Both urgency and compulsive buying tendencies significantly increased after TBI. Furthermore, path analyses revealed that current urgency was both directly and indirectly related to the subjective burden perceived by the caregivers, and this indirect pathway was mediated by compulsive buying. CONCLUSION: Urgency plays a central role in understanding specific problematic behaviours after TBI and their impact on caregivers. These findings are discussed in light of the cognitive processes underlying the urgency component of impulsivity in relation to the occurrence of compulsive buying behaviours after TBI.
Copyright (c) 2011 S. Karger AG, Basel.

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