Thursday, January 19, 2023

Brief Self-Control Scale (BSCS)


Assessment name:  Brief Self-Control Scale

Scale overview: The Brief Self-Control Scale (BSCS) is a 13-item self-report measure of self-control, which is also called self-discipline and willpower.


Authors: June P. Tangney, Roy F. Baumeister, Angie L. Boone


Response Type: Items are rated on a five-point scale of self-evaluation from 1 = not at all like me to 5 = very much like me.

Scale items

Example items include “I am good at resisting temptation” and “I have a hard time breaking bad habits” (reverse coded).

Psychometric properties

In their original publication, Tangney and others (2004) documented high internal consistency and retest values. High scores representing self-control were associated with academic success and better relationships whereas low scores were correlated with personal problems and problem relationships.


The BSCS is widely used and available in many languages. The original 36-item scale and the Brief Self-Control Scale are included in Tangney et al. (2004).


Reference for the scale

Tangney, J. P., Baumeister, R. F., & Boone, A. L. (2004). High self-control predicts good adjustment, less pathology, better grades, and interpersonal success. Journal of Personality, 72, 271–322. doi:10.1111/j.0022-3506.2004.00263.x


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