Self-Control Rating Scale (SCRS)

General Information on the Measure
Purpose of the measure

The SCRS was developed to assess children's self control.

Main constructs measured

Intrapersonal competencies

Applicable grade levels

Grades 3-6

Publication year for the most recent version


Year originally developed


Related measures
Measure Administration


Method of administration


Number of items


Item format

Seven-point Likert-type scale

Administration time

No information is available in the references reviewed.

Available languages


Fee for use Free and publicly available
Credentials required for administration


Overall score reporting

The overall self-control score is reported.

Subscore reporting

No subscores are reported.

Scoring procedures

The measure is self-scored.

Interpretive information

No information is available in the references reviewed.

Evidence of Technical Quality
Populations for which technical quality evidence has been collected

Evidence has been collected from children (Grades 3-6) in a predominantly white, middle class elementary school (N=110) (Kendall & Wilcox, 1979).

Reliability evidence

Internal consistency (alpha) estimate was 0.98 for the entire scale. Test-retest reliability over a 3-4 week period was 0.84 (Kendall & Wilcox, 1979).

Validity evidence
Evidence based on content
Items were written based on previous research descriptions of impulsive and self-controlled behavior (Kendall & Wilcox, 1979).
Evidence based on response processes
No information is available in the references reviewed.
Evidence based on internal structure
Factor analysis revealed a single unidimensional structure. There were significant score differences across male and female students, with lower ratings for male students, consistent with prior research. No significant differences were found by grade level (Kendall & Wilcox, 1979).
Evidence based on relations with other variables
SCRS scores correlated with measures of cognitive impulsivity, measures of behavioral self control, and Porteus Q scores (which measures impulsivity) (Porteus, 1955) (Kendall & Wilcox, 1979).
Locating the Measure
Obtaining a copy of the measure

Kendall, P. C., & Wilcox, L. E. " Self-control in children: development of a rating scale," Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 47, 6, 1979, pp. 1020.

Porteus, S. D. "The maze test: Recent advances," Palo Alto, CA: Pacific Books, 1955.


Measure summary updated October 3, 2018.