Trait and State Impulsivity in Males with Tendency Towards Internet-Pornography-Use Disorder


Stephanie Antonsa , and Matthias Brand


2018 in Addictive Behaviors, Vol. 79, pp. 171–177

  • Trait impulsivity was associated with higher symptom severity of Internet pornography disorder.
INTRODUCTION: Impulsivity has been identified to be involved in the development and maintenance of specific Internet-use disorders (IUD). It can be differentiated between relatively stable trait impulsivity and state impulsivity which is dependent on environmental and affective factors such as craving. Following the I-PACE (Interaction of Person-Affect-Cognition-Execution) model, both trait and state impulsivity may play an interactive role in IUD. The present study aimed to investigate the relationship between trait and... READ FULL ABSTRACT
  • "The main results of this study are that trait impulsivity and craving are associated with symptom severity of IPD and, secondly, that trait impulsivity interacts with state impulsivity, leading to an accumulating effect on symptom severity of IPD. In detail, especially males with higher trait impulsivity and more impulsive action tendencies in uncertain situations (uncertain go-RT) or higher craving responses showed severe symptoms of IPD. This effect only existed when participants were confronted with pornographic material and not in neutral situations (go-RTs in neutral SST). Moreover, we cannot report any significant correlation between inhibitory control ability (SSRT) and symptom severity of IPD, neither during the pornographic nor during the neutral SST."