BIS 11 - Chinese version

Chinese language version of the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale

Sample
200 female and 196 male high school students at a urban school in Yue Yang, Hunan China.

Translation Method
English to Chinese translation by one bilingual translator from the Psychology Department at Central South University Changsha, Hunan.  Back translation by another member of this same Psychology department.  The two translators reached consensus on comparison of the two translations.

Item Analysis
Cronbach’s alpha = .80
Test-retest reliability (1-month)  r = .70, p < .001

Factor Analysis 
Principal components analyses diverged from the original (Patton, Stanford, & Barratt, 1995) six factor loadings.  This study founds two, instead of three, second order factors: (1) "general impulsiveness", loading with Attentional, Motor, and Cogntive Instability factors, and (2) "nonplanning impulsiveness", loading with Self-Control, Cognitive Complexity, and Perseverance factors.

External Validity 

Validity demonstrated by correlation Chinese version of the Risky Behavior Questionnaire-Adolescent, Rutgers Alcohol Problem Index, and age at first use of alcohol.  The top and bottom deciles in BIS11 scores were significantly different on Risky Behavior Questionnaire-Adolescent, Rutgers Alcohol Problem Index, age at first use of alcohol, and quantity/frequency of past month alcohol use.

Reference 
An examination of the psychometric properties of the Chinese version of the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale, 11th version in a sample of Chinese adolescents.
Yao S, Yang H, Zhu X, Auerbach RP, Abela JR, Pulleyblank RW, Tong X (2007)
Perceptual and Motor Skills, 104, 1169-1182.
PubMed ID 17879649