9.117. Short UPPS-P Impulsive Behaviour Scale (SUPPS-P)


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20 items, rated on a 4 point scale: strongly agree - strongly disagree.

Scored 1 - 4, with higher ratings indicating stronger disagreement. 5 subscales, each averaged individually: negative urgency (items 6, 8, 13, 15), lack of perseverance (items 1, 4, 7, 11), lack of premeditation (items 2, 5, 12, 19), sensation seeking (items 9, 14, 16, 18) and positive urgency (items 3, 10, 17, 20). Items 3, 6, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20 are reverse coded. 2nd order factors are emotion based rash action (negative and positive urgency), sensation seeking, and deficits in conscientiousness (perseverence and premeditation).

The minimum score on any subscale is 4 and the maximum is 16.

9.117.1. Coding

  • “Standard” items provide statements to endorse of the type “I am not impulsive”, and score 1 for strongly agree through to 4 for strongly disagree; higher ratings therefore indicate greater impulsivity.
  • “Reversed” items provide statements to endorse of the type “I am impulsive”, and are reverse-scored (“strongly disagree” scores 1; “strongly agree” scores 4).
  • The SUPPS-P uses the term “reverse coded” (e.g. http://www.impulsivity.org/measurement/UPPS-P_short_version.pdf) but also provides a paper grid in which “1” always maps to “agree strongly” (etc.).
  • CamCOPS stores the scores.

9.117.2. Intellectual property rights


  • “For questions and guidance for clinical and research use of this instrument and its interpretation contact Dr. Lynam and/or Dr. Cyders at…” (see source link).

9.117.3. History

  • Cyders MA, Littlefield AK, Coffey S, Karyadi KA (2014). Examination of a short English version of the UPPS-P Impulsive Behavior Scale. Addict Behav. 39: 1372-6. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2014.02.013. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24636739
  • Lynam DR, Smith GT, Whiteside SP, Cyders MA (2006). The UPPS-P: Assessing five personality pathways to impulsive behavior (Technical Report) West Lafayette: Purdue University. [The UPPS-P, on which the SUPPS-P is based.]