School Psychology Review

Impulsivity: A Clinical-Developmental Perspective

Robert Schleser, Donna Thackwray

pp. 42-46

Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions for Classroom and Academic Behaviors

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ABSTRACT: Impulsivity is among the chief causes for children’s referral to mental health services.Although the training effects using cognitive-behavioral interventions have been encouraging,a failure of classroom generalization following treatment is often reported. The focus of this paper is on factors affecting generalization. Traditional cognitive-behavioral conceptualizations of impulsivity and an alternate clinical-developmental perspective are presented.A series of studies which support the clinical-developmental perspective and demonstrate the need to consider the nature and role of the impulsive child as participant in impulsivity treatment programs is reviewed. Finally, assessment and future research issues are discussed.