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Br J Addict. 1989 Apr;84(4):391-3.

The relationship between impulsivity, empathy and involvement in twelve step self-help substance abuse treatment groups.


The relationship between impulsivity, empathy, substance-free lifestyle and participation in Twelve Step self-help groups is investigated. Utilizing S. B. G. Eysenck et al.s' Impulsivity Questionnaire (1-7) members of three self-help 'clubs' were assessed for traits of empathy and impulsiveness. Impulsivity correlated positively with total number of substance abuse 'slips', and negatively with total months of substance abstinence. Empathy was correlated positively with length of abstinence and hours spent in Twelve Step self-help activities per week. Possible interpretations and application of these findings to clinical recommendations are discussed.

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