Barratt Impulsiveness Scale

See Fifty years of the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale: An update and review (PID, 2009) for a review :

The Barratt Impulsiveness Scale (BIS-11) is a 30 item self-report instrument designed to assess the personality/behavioral construct of impulsiveness. Originally developed as part of a larger attempt to relate anxiety and impulsiveness to psychomotor efficiency, the BIS is arguably the most commonly administered self-report measure for the assessment of impulsiveness in both research and clinical settings.

The scale

Factor 1: Attention

  1. I “squirm” at plays or lectures.
  2. I am restless at the theater or lectures.
  3. I don’t “pay attention.”
  4. I concentrate easily.*
  5. I am a steady thinker. *

Factor 2: Motor impulsiveness

  1. I act “on impulse.”
  2. I act on the spur of the moment.
  3. I buy things on impulse.
  4. I make up my mind quickly.
  5. I do things without thinking.
  6. I spend or charge more than I earn.
  7. I am happy-go-lucky.

Factor 3: Self-control

  1. I am a careful thinker. *
  2. I plan tasks carefully. *
  3. I am self-controlled. *
  4. I plan trips well ahead of time. *
  5. I plan for job security.*
  6. I say things without thinking.

Factor 4: Cognitive complexity

  1. I like to think about complex problems. *
  2. I like puzzles.
  3. I save regularly.
  4. I am more interested in the present than the future.
  5. I get easily bored when solving thought problems.

Factor 5: Perseverance

  1. I change residences.
  2. I change jobs.
  3. I am future oriented. *
  4. I can only think about one problem at a time.

Factor 6: Cognitive instability

  1. I often have extraneous thoughts when thinking.
  2. I have “racing thoughts.”
  3. I change hobbies.

* indicates a reversed item

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