Low Trait Self-Control Predicts Self-Handicapping

Uysal A. , Knee C. R.

JOURNAL OF PERSONALITY, cilt.80, sa.1, ss.59-79, 2012 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier


Past research has shown that self-handicapping stems from uncertainty about one's ability and self-presentational concerns. The present studies suggest that low dispositional self-control is also associated with self-handicapping. In 3 studies (N?=?289), the association between self-control and self-handicapping was tested. Self-control was operationalized as trait self-control, whereas self-handicapping was operationalized as trait self-handicapping in Study 1 (N?=?160), self-reported self-handicapping in Study 2 (N?=?74), and behavioral self-handicapping in Study 3 (N?=?55). In all 3 studies, hierarchical regression analyses revealed that low self-control predicts self-handicapping, independent of self-esteem, self-doubt, social desirability, and gender.