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Behavioral measures of state impulsivity and their psychometric properties: A systematic review


Nguyen, R and Brooks, M and Bruno, R and Peacock, A, Behavioral measures of state impulsivity and their psychometric properties: A systematic review, Personality and Individual Differences, 135 pp. 67-79. ISSN 0191-8869 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.paid.2018.06.040


Aims: Various behavioral impulsivity measures have been developed, yet there has been no recent synthesis and evaluation of available tools. Key to consider is the context for assessment, and whether they can be delivered outside of the laboratory. The aim of this review was to identify and appraise behavioral impulsivity measures, with a secondary objective of identifying measures suitable for real-world delivery (independent of researcher administration).

Methods: PsycINFO, Embase, Medline and PsycTESTS databases were searched for articles published from 1997 using a behavioral impulsivity measure suitable for adults (PROSPERO: CRD42017057784). Measures assessing response disinhibition, impulsive response initiation, and/or impulsive decision-making were identified, delivery method assessed, and searches undertaken for psychometric properties of tasks.

Results: Twenty four behavioral impulsivity measures were identified; evidence of adequate reliability and validity was reported for only eight measures. Only six measures did not require computer facilities. Two measures were suitable for pen-and-paper delivery, the Monetary Choice Questionnaire and Probabilistic Discounting Task, both of which index impulsive decision-making.

Conclusions: Further validation of impulsivity measures is necessary to assist researchers in choosing an appropriate measure for their research setting. Development of behavioral impulsivity measures which can be delivered outside of the laboratory context is a key priority.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:impulsivity, measurement, instruments, psychometrics, systematic review, response inhibition, behavioural disinhibition
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bruno, R (Associate Professor Raimondo Bruno)
UTAS Author:Peacock, A (Miss Amy Peacock)
ID Code:127789
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2018-08-15
Last Modified:2019-09-09

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