A Study of the Psychometric Properties of the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale in Thai Adolescents

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Amorn Soodsawang
Pattrawadee Makmee
Kanok Panthong


The research entitled A Study of the Psychometric Properties of the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale in Thai Adolescents aimed to: 1) examine the reliability and validity of the Thai version of the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale (BIS-11) by testing the construct validity, content validity, and reliability; 2) study the level of impulsivity in adolescents, classified by age and gender. The sample consisted of 900 persons 13 to 22 years of age. The research instrument was the Thai version of the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale. The data were analyzed to find the quality of the instrument in terms of content validity, reliability, and construct validity, using second order confirmatory factor analysis. The research results are as follows:

             1) The Thai version of the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale was a version of the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale (BIS-11) translated into Thai. There were 3 factors and 6 indicators of impulsiveness. The scale that had been developed was a 4-point Likert scale containing 30 items.

             2) In examining the content validity, the indexes of item objective congruence were obtained; and they ranged from 0.67 to 1.00.  The reliability was .83. The confirmatory factor analysis indicated that the model was consistent with the empirical data.  The model provided the Chi-Square test = 7.06, the degree of freedom = 4, the probability = .133 Chi-Square divided by degree of freedom = 1.77, GFI = 1.00, AGFI = .99, CFI = 1.00, SRMR = .013 and RMSEA = .029.

             3) The study of the level of impulsivity in adolescents, classified by age and gender, using two-way analysis of variance (Two-way ANOVA) revealed that adolescents with a different age had different impulsivity, with statistical significance at the level of 0.01. Male adolescents and female adolescents had different impulsivity with statistical significance at the level of 0.01. Also, age and gender had interaction effects on the level of impulsivity, with statistical significance at the level of .01.


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