Psychometric properties of the Polish version of the tool for measuring impulsivity in adolescents– BIS-Brief

Grzegorz Kata

University of Economics and Innovation in Lublin

Wiesław Poleszak

University of Economics and Innovation in Lublin


OBJECTIVE: The article presents the results of the process of adaptation and research that were used to determine the psychometric properties of the Polish version of the BIS-Brief scale. The tool is designed for adolescents and measures impulsivity understood as a tendency for sudden and unplanned action (Barratt, 1959).

METHOD: In order to determine the factor structure of the tool, its accuracy and distribution of impulsivity in the population of adolescents, the research was conducted in the group of individuals aged 12 to 20 years (N = 6710). The impulsivity was measured using the short Polish version of the BIS-Brief scale, which was the subject of an adaptation. The accuracy was determined using the IVE Impulsivity Questionnaire and a questionnaire on adolescent risk behaviours.

RESULTS: Exploratory factor analysis revealed two factors explaining more than 54% of the total variance in the scores of the tool. Apart from the total score, the BIS-Brief scale measures two scales: self-control and impulsivity in action. The distribution of the examined trait in the group of adolescents is right-skewed, dominated by persons with low or average intensity of the examined trait. Impulsivity measured by the BIS-Brief scale correlates with the results of the IVE questionnaire and the characteristics of risk behaviour in adolescents.

CONCLUSIONS: The short Polish version of the BIS-Brief scale has satisfactory psychometric properties. It can be used to measure general impulsivity and its two components: self-control and impulsivity in action. The shortened form of the tool and the adequacy of the content of the test items to the period of adolescence make the scale applicable in diagnostics for educational and preventive measures for students and in scientific research.

Słowa kluczowe:

impulsivity, BIS scale, adolescence, risk behaviours

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Kata, G., & Poleszak, W. (2021). Psychometric properties of the Polish version of the tool for measuring impulsivity in adolescents– BIS-Brief . Przegląd Psychologiczny, 64(4), 135–152.

Grzegorz Kata 
University of Economics and Innovation in Lublin
Wiesław Poleszak 
University of Economics and Innovation in Lublin


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