Reference : Validation of a short French version of the UPPS-P Impulsive Behavior Scale.
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Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Treatment & clinical psychology
Validation of a short French version of the UPPS-P Impulsive Behavior Scale.
Billieux, Joël mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Integrative Research Unit: Social and Individual Development (INSIDE)]
Rochat, Lucien [> >]
Ceschi, Grazia [> >]
Carre, Arnaud [> >]
Offerlin-Meyer, Isabelle [> >]
Defeldre, Anne-Catherine [> >]
Khazaal, Yasser [> >]
Besche-Richard, Chrystel [> >]
Van der Linden, Martial [> >]
Comprehensive psychiatry
Yes (verified by ORBilu)
United States
[en] Adolescent ; Adult ; Belgium ; Factor Analysis, Statistical ; Female ; France ; Humans ; Impulsive Behavior/diagnosis ; Male ; Middle Aged ; Psychological Tests ; Psychometrics ; Reproducibility of Results ; Surveys and Questionnaires ; Switzerland
[en] BACKGROUND: Impulsivity is a multifaceted construct that has a prominent role in psychiatry. Lynam et al (2006) have developed the UPPS-P, a 59-item scale measuring 5 impulsivity components: negative urgency, positive urgency, lack of premeditation, lack of perseverance, and sensation seeking. The aim of the present study was to validate a short, 20-item French version of the UPPS-P. METHODS: Six hundred fifty participants filled out the short French UPPS-P. A subgroup of participants (n = 145) took part in a follow-up study and completed the scale twice to determine test-retest stability; another subgroup (n = 105) was screened with other questionnaires also to establish external validity. RESULTS: Confirmatory factor analyses supported a hierarchical model comprising 2 higher order factors of urgency (resulting from negative urgency and positive urgency) and lack of conscientiousness (resulting from lack of premeditation and lack of perseverance) as well as a separate factor of sensation seeking. The results indicated good internal consistency and test-retest stability. External validity was supported by relationships with psychopathological symptoms. CONCLUSION: The short French version of the UPPS-P therefore presents good psychometric properties and may be considered a promising instrument for both research and clinical practice.
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