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Assessment of impulsivity after moderate to severe traumatic brain injury

Published inNeuropsychological rehabilitation, vol. 20, no. 5, p. 778-797
Publication date2010

The aim of the study was to develop and validate a short questionnaire assessing four dimensions of impulsivity (urgency, lack of premeditation, lack of perseverance, sensation seeking) in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI). To this end, 82 patients with TBI and their caregivers completed a short questionnaire adapted from the UPPS Impulsive Behavior Scale designed to assess impulsivity changes after TBI. Confirmatory factor analyses (CFAs) performed on the version of the scale completed by the relatives revealed that a hierarchical model holding that lack of premeditation and lack of perseverance are facets of a higher order construct (lack of conscientiousness), with urgency and sensation seeking as separate correlated factors, fit the data best. Urgency, lack of premeditation, and lack of perseverance increased after the TBI, whereas sensation seeking decreased. CFA failed to reveal a satisfactory model in the version of the scale completed by the patients. The psychological processes related to these impulsivity changes and the discrepancy observed between self-report and informant-report are discussed. This short questionnaire opens up interesting prospects for better comprehension and assessment of behavioural symptoms of TBI.

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Brain Injuries/complications/psychology
  • Diagnostic Self Evaluation
  • Executive Function
  • Factor Analysis, Statistical
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Impulsive Behavior/diagnosis/etiology/psychology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Questionnaires
Citation (ISO format)
ROCHAT, Lucien et al. Assessment of impulsivity after moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. In: Neuropsychological rehabilitation, 2010, vol. 20, n° 5, p. 778–797. doi: 10.1080/09602011.2010.495245
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ISSN of the journal0960-2011

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