Brief Self-Control Scale (BSCS)
|General Information on the Measure|
|Purpose of the measure||
The Brief Self-Control Scale (BSCS) is a measure of individual differences in self-control.
|Main constructs measured||
|Applicable grade levels||
|Publication year for the most recent version||
|Year originally developed||
|Method of administration||
|Number of items||
Five-point Likert-type scale
Fewer than 10 minutes
|Fee for use||Free and publicly available|
|Credentials required for administration||
|Overall score reporting||
The overall self-control score is reported.
No subscores are reported.
The measure is self-scored.
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 two samples of undergraduate students from a state university on the East Coast (N=351, N=255) (Tangney et al., 2004).
Internal consistency estimates (alpha) were 0.83 and 0.85 in the two study samples. Test-retest reliability (three-week interval) estimate was 0.87 (Tangney et al., 2004).
|Locating the Measure|
|Obtaining a copy of the measure||web.b.ebscohost.com|
Tangney, J. P., Baumeister, R. F., & Boone, A. L. , "High self‐control predicts good adjustment, less pathology, better grades, and interpersonal success," Journal of Personality, 72, 2, 2004, pp. 271–324.
Measure summary updated October 3, 2018.