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.
Factor 1: Attention
- I “squirm” at plays or lectures.
- I am restless at the theater or lectures.
- I don’t “pay attention.”
- I concentrate easily.*
- I am a steady thinker. *
Factor 2: Motor impulsiveness
- I act “on impulse.”
- I act on the spur of the moment.
- I buy things on impulse.
- I make up my mind quickly.
- I do things without thinking.
- I spend or charge more than I earn.
- I am happy-go-lucky.
Factor 3: Self-control
- I am a careful thinker. *
- I plan tasks carefully. *
- I am self-controlled. *
- I plan trips well ahead of time. *
- I plan for job security.*
- I say things without thinking.
Factor 4: Cognitive complexity
- I like to think about complex problems. *
- I like puzzles.
- I save regularly.
- I am more interested in the present than the future.
- I get easily bored when solving thought problems.
Factor 5: Perseverance
- I change residences.
- I change jobs.
- I am future oriented. *
- I can only think about one problem at a time.
Factor 6: Cognitive instability
- I often have extraneous thoughts when thinking.
- I have “racing thoughts.”
- I change hobbies.
* indicates a reversed item