Impulsivity and its relationship with anxiety, depression and stress

Ahmed A. Moustafa, Richard Tindle, Dorota Frydecka, Błażej Misiak

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We aimed to assess the association between depression, anxiety, stress and impulsivity with respect to age. The Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS-42) and the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale (BIS-11) were administered to 145 individuals. Due to a negative correlation between age, BIS-11 and DASS-42 subscales, participants were divided into three groups: young-aged (18–30 years), middle-aged (31–49 years) and old-aged (≥50 years). Subjects from old-aged group had significantly lower scores of depression, anxiety, stress and impulsivity compared to those from younger groups. Anxiety, followed by stress and depression, was the strongest predictor of BIS-11 total score in young-aged and middle-aged individuals. There were no significant differences in the correlations between BIS-11 total score, depression, anxiety and stress in old-aged individuals. Our results indicate that the levels of depression, anxiety, stress and impulsivity decrease with age. Additionally, age might moderate the effect of depression, anxiety and stress on impulsivity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-179
Number of pages7
JournalComprehensive Psychiatry
Publication statusPublished - 01 Apr 2017


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