Self-regulation, behavioral inhibition, and risk for alcoholism and substance use disorders

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Addiction liability involves multiple aspects of the person and the context. The within-person aspects can be organized within a broad temperament framework involving constituents of self-regulation. A fundamental dual-process model helps organize and structure the research program because self-regulation is conceived as involving both bottom-up and top-down capacities. From this perspective, addiction liability emerges and expresses itself in relation to early consolidation of bottom-up appetitive systems, organization of top-down control and executive processes, and progressive assembly of either self-regulation or its disruption in dysregulatory psychopathology such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and conduct problems. Several key studies supporting this hierarchical and sequential emergence of liability and addiction risk are summarized in this chapter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAlcohol Use Disorders
Subtitle of host publicationA Developmental Science Approach to Etiology
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780190676025
ISBN (Print)9780190676001
StatePublished - Jan 18 2018


  • Addiction
  • Executive function
  • Liability
  • Self-regulation
  • Temperament

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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