Ceren Gürdere1*, Gioia Bottesi1, Ines Pfeffer2, Eleonora Carraro1, and Marta Ghisi1,3
1 Department of General Psychology, University of Padova, Padova, Italy.
2 Department of Pedagogy, Medical School Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany.
3 U.O.C. Hospital Psychology, University-Hospital of Padova, Padova, Italy.
The Brief Self-Control Scale (BSCS) developed by Tangney, Baumeister, and Boone (2004) is a widely used measure of trait self-control. The present study aimed to validate Italian version of the BSCS. 262 Italian university students completed BSCS along with measures of grit, impulsive behavior, self-esteem, resilience, and psychological distress. 143 of the first sample completed BSCS after three weeks again. Results indicated that the Italian version of the BSCS is one-dimensional as the original BSCS. Good internal consistency and test-retest stability were documented. Convergent and divergent validity of the construct was established with the association between BSCS and measures of grit and impulsive behavior. Furthermore, predictive validity assessment showed that BSCS positively predicted self-esteem and resilience, and negatively predicted psychological distress as expected. In conclusion, findings suggest that the Italian BSCS is a reliable and valid instrument assessing trait self-control in Italian speaking populations.
Please cite this article as: Gürdere, C., Bottesi, G., Pfeffer, I., Carraro, E., & Ghisi, M. (2022). THE ITALIAN VALIDATION OF THE BRIEF SELF-CONTROL SCALE: A PRELIMINARY ANALYSIS. Journal of Evidence-Based Psychotherapies, 22(2), 103-114.
Published online: 2022/09/01
Published print: 2022/09/01
Keywords: Brief Self-Control Scale; Italian Adaptation; Trait Self-Control.