Examination of a short English version of the UPPS-P Impulsive Behavior Scale

Addict Behav. 2014 Sep;39(9):1372-6. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2014.02.013. Epub 2014 Mar 3.


The current study examines a recently developed short English version of the UPPS-P Impulsive Behavior Scale. Participants were 251 undergraduate students (59.3% male; mean age=21.16 (SD=4.18); 72% Caucasian). The short version generally replicated the internal consistency (0.74-0.88 across subscales) and inter-scale correlations of the full English UPPS-P. Moreover, the estimated loss of shared variance was small (0%-6.4% reductions across subscales) as compared to a 66% time-savings. Structural equation modeling replicated previously supported factor structures and relationships to external outcomes using the full UPPS-P. This short UPPS-P scale should be considered a valid and reliable alternative to the full UPPS-P in English-speaking non-clinical adult samples.

Keywords: Impulsivity; Risky behaviors; Short form.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Impulsive Behavior / diagnosis*
  • Impulsive Behavior / psychology*
  • Male
  • Midwestern United States
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Risk-Taking
  • Students / psychology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires / standards*
  • Young Adult