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Social disinhibition in acquired brain injury and neurological disease: a concept analysis


Skromanis, S and Padgett, C and Mathewson, M and Honan, CA, Social disinhibition in acquired brain injury and neurological disease: a concept analysis, Brain Impairment pp. 1-19. ISSN 1839-5252 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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The Author(s), 2022. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment.

DOI: doi:10.1017/BrImp.2022.23


Background: Social disinhibition is becoming increasingly recognised in the neuropsychological literature as a complex and debilitating sequalae associated with acquired frontal lobe damage. Despite this, the term has been inconsistently defined and described in both clinical and research contexts. The purpose of this paper was to explore and examine the concept of social disinhibition in the context of brain injury and other organic neurological conditions.

Methods: A literature search for articles published in the English language from journal inception to June 2021 was conducted using MEDLINE, PsycInfo, Embase, CINAHL and Web of Science. A 'concept analysis' was conducted on the identified literature using Walker & Avant's (2019) framework.

Results: The analysis suggested that while several terms are often used interchangeably with social disinhibition, including impulsivity and behavioural dysregulation, these terms may be differentiated and defined separately within the broader domain of 'behaviours of concern'. Attributes, antecedents and consequences of social disinhibition were also identified and discussed.

Conclusions: Clarifying the concept of social disinhibition has important implications in both clinical and research contexts, including increased understanding of the behaviours, more accurate estimates of incidence and prevalence, and the development and implementation of targeted rehabilitation programmes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:social disinhibition, social behaviour, brain injury, neurological disease, concept analysis
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Health psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Skromanis, S (Ms Sarah Skromanis)
UTAS Author:Padgett, C (Dr Christine Padgett)
UTAS Author:Mathewson, M (Dr Mandy Matthewson)
UTAS Author:Honan, CA (Dr Cynthia Honan)
ID Code:154415
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2022-11-29
Last Modified:2023-01-16

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