Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Hilary DeShong

Committee Member

Kevin Armstrong

Committee Member

Mitchell Berman

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms

Visible to MSU only for 2 years

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Campus Access Only


Clinical Psychology

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Psychology


The development of multiple theoretical models and measures of impulsivity has led to inconsistent use of this term and disagreement regarding the most salient predictors of alcohol-related outcomes. The present study examined whether self-report and behavioral measures of impulsivity measure the same construct and how eight conceptually distinct facets of impulsivity relate to alcohol-related outcomes. Participants completed measures and tasks to assess alcohol use, alcohol problems, trait impulsivity, and behavioral impulsivity. The UPPS-P and behavioral measures of impulsivity were largely uncorrelated with each other. Negative urgency and alcohol use emerged as direct predictors of alcohol-related problems. Lack of premeditation demonstrated an indirect effect on alcohol-related problems. Results support previous research suggesting behavioral and self-report measures of impulsivity do not assess the same construct. Further, results suggest that negative urgency may be the most predictive of alcohol-related problems when accounting for self-report and behavioral components of impulsivity.