Low Trait Self-Control Predicts Self-Handicapping

Uysal A., Knee C. R.

JOURNAL OF PERSONALITY, vol.80, no.1, pp.59-79, 2012 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 80 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.1467-6494.2011.00715.x
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.59-79
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


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.