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Year of Publication


Degree Name

Master of Science in Family Sciences (MSFS)

Document Type

Master's Thesis


Agriculture, Food and Environment


Family Sciences

First Advisor

Alexander Vazsonyi


The present study aimed to test the relationships between low self-control and five different measures of life goals (educational, career, personal, relationship, and health) as well as the relationship between low self-control and the amount of commitment and progress made towards each of these goals across developmental periods (18-25, 26-35, 36-45, 46-55, 56+ years old). It was expected that low self-control would be negatively associated with life goals across all domains as well as with both measures of commitment and progress towards each. No differences in these links were expected across developmental periods or by sex. Data were collected from N=1,907 participants recruited using Amazon Mechanical Turk; 49.6% of the participants were males (n=895), 53.1% (n=1,012) females. The mean age of the participants was 41.4 years. Findings provided consistent evidence of significant negative associations between low self-control and commitments towards achieving present goals across the five domains as well as past ones.. Low self-control was also significantly and negatively associated with the progress made towards achieving all present and past life goals. The relationships between low self-control and either commitment or progress towards each of the life goals were not conditioned by developmental period or by sex, with two exceptions.

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