From our executive director, Kris:
Why is self control important?
Research has found that childhood self-control, defined as “internally focused active control tendencies involving regulation of thoughts, feelings, or behaviors” predicts multiple psychological outcomes later in life. Studies show that:
- Greater childhood self-control was tied to more positive adolescent behaviors, which were then linked to greater educational achievement.
- Less childhood self-control was tied to more negative adolescent behaviors, which were associated with less educational achievement.
- Educational achievement predicted greater job complexity and higher income, both of which in turn were tied to greater job satisfaction.
The findings from this study have implications for youth mentoring. Mentors can use strategies aimed at reinforcing students’ self-control through evidence-based therapies and exercises. These strategies, whether enacted through structured, skill-based approaches or more informal, “teachable moments”, have the potential to foster positive outcomes.
Citation: Converse, P. D., Piccone, K. A., & Tocci, M. C. (2014). Childhood self-control, adolescent behavior, and career success. Personality and Individual Differences, 59, 65-70.
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