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date: 24 July 2021

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There is currently no unifying model of prevention for all impulse control disorders. As with many other mental health problems, individuals with impulse control disorders frequently share a host of comorbid disorders with common antecedents, symptoms, and risk factors. It is argued that a comprehensive approach to the prevention of impulse control disorders rests in the adoption of a general mental health prevention framework associated with other psychiatric disorders. Specific programs currently available for the prevention of impulse control disorders are discussed. The adoption of prevention programs targeting multiple and general risk behaviors and the promotion of programs that enhance protective factors leading to resiliency for children and adolescents are advocated. Universal prevention programs designed to enhance self-regulation and promote positive development are presented within a risk protection framework.

Keywords: prevention, impulse control disorder, harm minimization, risk and protective factors, mental health

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