Measuring Self-Control in Children: A Three-Wave Study

Bu Huang, University of Washington
Susyan Jou, National Taipei University

This study is attempting to measure self-control among children at a very young age. In spring 2000, 617 students were recruited at first grade (average age is 7 and half) in a mid-sized city in China. A 18-item self-control scale was created and evaluated by both teachers and parents of the children. Then a year later in 2001, the same measures were retested. The third year follow-up will be done in spring 2002. All three waves of data will be analyzed longitudinally, to examine the factor patterns, inter-correlations, stability and predictive power of these items.

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