Cross-Cultural Adaptation of a Farsi Version of the Impulsive Behavior Scale‎-Short Form in Iran

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, School of Education and Psychology, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran

MSc Student, Department of Psychology, School of Education and Psychology, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran


Background: The aim of the present study was to investigate psychometric properties of the Impulsive Behavior Scale-Short Form (IBS-SF) among undergraduate Farsi-speaking Iranian students. In this study, 201 individuals (95 men, 106 women) answered to the IBS-SF and the Problematic and Risky Internet Use Screening Scale‎ (PRIUSS).

Methods: The confirmatory factor analysis and internal consistency methods were used to compute the factorial validity and reliability of the IBS-SF, respectively. In order to examine the construct validity of the IBS-SF, the correlation of different dimensions of IBS-SF with PRIUSS was determined.

Results: The results of confirmatory factor analysis showed that a 5-factor structure of the negative urgency, lack of perseverance, lack of premeditation, sensation seeking, and positive urgency was replicated in the Iranian sample. The IBS-SF convergent validity was confirmed by a correlation between different features of impulsivity trait and problematic and risky internet use behavior. The internal consistency of the different subscales of impulsivity trait ranged from 0.67 to 0.80.

Conclusion: The present study revealed that the IBS-SF is a valid and reliable scale for measuring impulsivity trait among undergraduate Farsi-speaking Iranian students.


  • Confirmatory factor analysis
  • Impulsive Behavior Scale-Short Form (IBS-SF)
  • Problematic and risky internet use behavior
  • Validity, reliability
  • Iranian students

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