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Title

A comparison of global and specific estimates of self-control

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Cognitive Therapy and Research

Volume

9

Issue

4

First Page

455

Last Page

469

Abstract

The present study was concerned with assessing subjects' preexisting tendencies to engage in self-control behavior. Rosenbaum's Self-Control Schedule (SCS) was administered to college students prior to participation in the cold pressor test. It was discovered that subjects' scores on the SCS were not predictive of their actual performance on the cold pressor test. After failing to replicate Rosenbaum's findings, task-specific self-efficacy estimates were used to predict performance on the cold pressor test and it was found that these estimates correlated with and were predictive of cold pressor tolerance. These results were discussed with reference to the situation-specificity of self-control behavior and the need to consider situational variables in assessing self-control. © 1985 Plenum Publishing Corporation.

Original Publication Date

8-1-1985

DOI of published version

10.1007/BF01173093

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