The German Three Factor Impulsivity Index: Confirmatory factor analysis and ties to demographic and health-related variables

F. Javelle, M. Wiegand, J. Joormann, K. R. Timpano, P. Zimmer, S. L. Johnson

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Abstract

A growing body of research has focused on the differentiation of emotion-related versus non-emotion-related impulsivity, assessed by the Three-Factor Impulsivity (TFI) index. The goal of this study is to develop a German TFI index, and to validate the emotion-related impulsivity subscales against indices of substance abuse, physical or psychological disorder, physical exercise, BMI, and hours of sleep. 395 native-German speakers completed the German TFI index and questions on validity indicators online. Factor analyses supported the three-factor structure, including Pervasive Influence of Feelings, Lack of Follow Through, and Feelings Trigger Action. Correlations between factors were higher than in the original work. Both emotion-related impulsivity subscales correlated significantly with psychological disorder, engagement in and minutes of physical exercise per week. When included in multivariate regression models, the three factors explained 3.1%, and 29.2% of variance in amount of exercise per week and psychological disorder, respectively. In sum, findings indicated that the German TFI index has a robust three-factor structure that showed expected links to validity indicators, and novel effects in relation to physical exercise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number110470
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume171
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2021

Keywords

  • Emotion
  • German translation
  • Health
  • Impulsivity
  • Three-factor impulsivity index

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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