Disinhibition as a unifying construct in understanding how personality dispositions undergird psychopathology

Stephanie N. Mullins-Sweatt, Hilary L. DeShong, Gregory J. Lengel, Ashley C. Helle, Robert F. Krueger

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Abstract

Disinhibition has been a construct of interest for decades, as evidenced by its inclusion in most prominent models of general personality functioning and its link to personality pathology, other psychopathology, health behaviors, and public health concerns. Disinhibition is manifest in behavioral, task based, and physiological measures, and common etiologies are a major reason for the coherence of the domain across a variety of assessment modalities. The current review will provide a summary of the conceptualization of the construct across prominent models, its link to psychopathology and maladaptive behaviors, and its etiology. Finally, we provide discussion on its clinical application utilizing disinhibition to aid in understanding comorbid psychopathology and through a description of its potential use in treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-61
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Volume80
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2019

Keywords

  • Dimensional model
  • Disinhibition
  • General personality

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article

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