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Validation of the short Arabic UPPS-P Impulsive Behavior Scale

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BACKGROUND: Impulsivity is involved in numerous psychiatric and addictive disorders, as well as in risky behaviors. The UPPS-P scale highlights five complementary impulsivity constructs (i.e., positive urgency, negative urgency, lack of perseverance, lack of premeditation, and sensation seeking) that possibly work as different pathways linking impulsivity to other disorders. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Arab language short 20-item UPPS-P scale and to eventually validate it. METHODS: Participants were recruited online through e-mail invitations. After online informed consent was obtained, the questionnaires (the UPPS-P and the Compulsive Internet Use Scale [CIUS]) were completed anonymously. The five dimensions of the Arab UPPS-P model were assessed in a sample of 743 participants. RESULTS: As in other linguistic assessments of the UPPS-P, confirmatory factor analysis showed the validity of a model with five different, but nonetheless interrelated, facets of impulsivity. A three-factor model with two higher order factors-urgency (negative and positive) and lack of conscientiousness (lack of premeditation and lack of perseverance)-and a third sensation seeking factor fit the data well, but to a lesser extent. The results suggested good internal consistency, with external validity shown from correlations between some of the UPPS-P components and a measure of addictive Internet use (the CIUS). CONCLUSION: The Arab short UPPS-P is a valid assessment tool with good psychometric properties and is suitable for online use.

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Bteich, G., et al. (2017). "Validation of the short Arabic UPPS-P Impulsive Behavior Scale." BMC Psychiatry 17(1): 244.


Methods Condition Gender Age Country Setting Sample size
students and collaborators from the Lebanese University Both 18 - 25 Lebanon
Education Institute 743

Number of items

20 items


Measure does not require training

Required time

6-30 min

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