A psychometric validation study of the Impulsive-Compulsive Behaviours Checklist: A transdiagnostic tool for addictive and compulsive behaviours

Karen Guo, George J. Youssef, Andrew Dawson, Linden Parkes, Sanne Oostermeijer, Clara López-Solà, Valentina Lorenzetti, Christopher Greenwood, Leonardo F. Fontenelle, Murat Yücel

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The occurrence of repetitive behaviours that are often harmful has been attributed to traits traditionally described as “impulsive” or “compulsive” e.g. substance dependence, excessive gambling, and hoarding. These behaviours are common and often co-occur in both the general population and psychiatric populations. The lack of measures to concurrently index a range of such behaviours led to the development of the Impulsive-Compulsive Behaviours (ICB) Checklist. This study aims to validate the ICB Checklist in a general community sample. Factor analyses revealed a two-factor structure, demonstrating good model fit in two independent samples. These were labelled Impulsive-Compulsions and Compulsive-Impulsions, comprising of classically compulsive and impulsive behaviours respectively. Reliability and construct validity were further confirmed using correlations with existing measures of impulsivity and compulsivity. Results suggest that the ICB Checklist is a valid and practical assessment that can be used to monitor behavioural clusters characterised by deficits in inhibition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-33
Number of pages8
JournalAddictive Behaviors
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017


  • Assessment
  • Compulsivity
  • Impulsivity
  • Measurement
  • Validity

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