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Thirty-Third Annual Meeting of the Society for Research in Psychopathology

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66. Impulsivity and Theory of Mind in Bipolar Disorder: Characterizing ability and predictive capacity for functioning

There is a gap between clinical and functional recovery for patients with Bipolar Disorder (BD). Therefore, interest in function as an outcome measure as well as studies identifying constructs which predict functioning have increased. Impulsivity, empirically supported as elevated with BD, and theory of mind (TOM), recognized as impaired with BD, are two constructs whose capacity to predict functioning have gained interest. The goal of this study is to 1) analyze performance differences between a sample of BD patients and community controls on measures of impulsivity and TOM and 2) assess these constructs’ capacity to predict functioning. Separate one-way analysis of variances will be used to assess overall differences and differences based on construct facets (e.g. trait-impulsivity, behavioural-impulsivity, cognitive-TOM, & perceptive-TOM). Predictive capacity for various domains of functioning (e.g. overall, autonomy, occupation, cognitive, financial, interpersonal, & leisure) will be assessed using Pearson correlation coefficients. Results will be discussed in relation to previous literature characterizing impulsivity and TOM manifestation and predictive capacity for functioning in BD. Significant differences would further support the elevation of impulsivity and impairment of TOM in BD while significant correlations would tentatively support impulsivity and TOM as treatment targets with the goal of improving functional recovery.

Robert Aidelbaum
University of Toronto

Vina Goghari
University of Toronto


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