Abstract: When the common features of the problems encountered in adolescence are examined, impulse control problems draw our attention. At this point, preventive and developmental studies are needed to help adolescents control impulses. It is important to examine the structures that can be used to explain impulsive behavior in order to transform impulsivity into a functional form. This study aims to examine whether primary and secondary capabilities, which are the basic concepts of positive psychotherapy, predict the impulsive behaviors of adolescents. The dependent variable in this research is impulsivity, its independent variables are primary and secondary capabilities. The participant group of the research is 225 male adolescent individuals between the ages of 14-19 who continue their secondary education. The Personal Information Form, the Barrat Impulsivity Scale (BIS-11), and the Wiesbaden Positive Psychotherapy and Family Therapy Inventory were used as data collection tools in the study. The data were analyzed by multiple regression analysis. As a result of the analysis, primary capabilities (R=0.376; R2=0.141; F=4.305; p<.01) and secondary capabilities (R=0.488; R2=0.238; F=5.841; p<.01) were found to significantly predict impulsivity. It was revealed that hope, from the primary capabilities, and orderliness, diligence, reliability and obedience, from the secondary capabilities, predict impulsivity.
Keywords: impulsivity, positive psychotherapy, adolescents