In describing behaviors exhibited by some individuals applying for rehabilitation services, the terms impulsivity or impulse control are used. However, these terms are often used without a clear understanding of the construct of impulsivity and the underlying mechanisms associated with limited impulse control. In order to provide services consistent with customer needs, rehabilitation service providers should understand what the term impulsivity is describing and how to best assess an individual's ability to control impulses. Recommendations for referrals and rehabilitation planning regarding individuals who display impulsive behaviors are provided.
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