First Advisor

Lisa Marriott

Date of Award

6-8-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Health Studies: Community Health Education and University Honors

Department

Health Studies

Language

English

Subjects

Adolescent psychology, Impulsive personality, Scale analysis (Psychology), Factor analysis

DOI

10.15760/honors.927

Abstract

The Barratt Impulsiveness Scale (BIS) is a widely used tool for measuring impulsivity and has been influential in shaping current theories of impulse control. Studies have found that BIS factor structures can vary between different populations. The present study examined the factor structure of the widely used shortened form of BIS (BIS-15) within an early adolescent population. The BIS-15 has fifteen questions thought to assess three factors of impulsivity: non-planning, motor, and attentional impulsivity. This study applied confirmatory factor analysis to a cross-sectional sample of 612 middle school students in grades six through eight. The published factor structure of the BIS-15 was not supported in the current study without modifications. The model fit was inadequate, and the structure suffered from discriminatory and convergent validity. Modifications to specific questions and future direction for the study were offered.

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Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/33194

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