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Jonas J. de Paula; Danielle de S. Costa; Flavianne Oliveira; Joana O. Alves; Lídia R. Passos; Leandro F. Malloy-Diniz (2015)
Publisher: Associação Brasileira de Psiquiatria (ABP)
Journal: Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria
Languages: English
Types: Article
Subjects: compulsive buying, personality, Impulsivity, dimensional psychiatry, Psychiatry, compulsivity, RC435-571
Objective:Compulsive buying is controversial in clinical psychiatry. Although it is defined as an obsessive-compulsive disorder, other personality aspects besides compulsivity are related to compulsive buying. Recent studies suggest that compulsivity and impulsivity might represent a continuum, with several psychiatric disorders lying between these two extremes. In this sense, and following the perspective of dimensional psychiatry, symptoms of impulsivity and compulsivity should correlate even in a non-clinical sample. The present study aims to investigate whether these two traits are associated in a healthy adult sample.Methods:We evaluated 100 adults, with no self-reported psychiatric disorders, using the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale-11 and two scales of compulsive buying.Results:Using multiple linear regressions, we found that impulsivity accounted for about 15% of variance in the compulsive-buying measure.Conclusions:Our results suggest that an association between impulsivity and compulsive buying occurs even in non-clinical samples, evidence that compulsivity and impulsivity might form a continuum and that compulsive buying might be an intermediate condition between these two personality traits.
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