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The Validity and Reliability of the Turkish Version of the Brief Irritability Test


Department of Psychiatry, İstanbul Medeniyet University School of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey

Alpha Psychiatry 2021; 22: 318-323
DOI: 10.5152/alphapsychiatry.2021.21370
Read: 4861 Downloads: 893 Published: 01 November 2021

Objective: Although irritability is a widely used term, it has no universal definition. Irritability is an emotional process that can be defined by a tendency to negative emotional states. No Turkish scale has been developed or adapted to measure irritability in adults. Consequently, this paper aims to conduct a validity and reliability study of the Turkish version of the Brief Irritability Test (BITe) with 5 items, which was developed by Holtzman et al. in 2015 to measure irritability rapidly and appropriately.

Methods: The Turkish BITe’s internal consistency and validity analysis were studied on 136 volunteering undergraduate and postgraduate students. Cronbach’s alpha value was calculated for internal consistency. Concurrent, convergent, discriminant validity analyses, and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) were conducted to calculate structural validity. Moreover, the scale was applied to 24 people 2 weeks later to determine the temporal reliability of the Turkish BITe.

Results: When the fit indices of the scale related to the CFA were examined, it was observed that it had a good fit (χ2 = 7.517, χ2/df = 1.503, df = 5; RMSEA = 0.061; CFI = 0.992, GFI = 0.977, NFI = 0.976; TLI = 0.984, IFI = 0.992). In the reliability analysis, the Cronbach's alpha value was 0.86, and the correlation coefficient between test–retest scores was 0.74 (P < .001).

Conclusion: This study reveals that the Turkish form of the BITe shows sufficient psychometric properties in the non-clinical population.

Cite this article as: Karadere ME, Çifteci K, Yeni Elbay R, Yılmaz H, Karatepe HT. The validity and reliability of the Turkish version of the Brief Irritability Test. Alpha Psychiatry. 2021;22(6):318-323.

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