Current Psychology

, Volume 38, Issue 1, pp 154–164 | Cite as

Psychometric Properties of Dispositional Self-Regulation Scale in Iranian Population and Predicting Inhibitory/Initiatory Self-Control on the Basis of It

  • Ahmad Valikhani
  • Mohammad Ali GoodarziEmail author
  • Razieh Hashemi


In the present study, factor structure and psychometric properties of the Self-Regulation Scale (SRS) designed to measure the attention control in goal pursuit was studied. The scale was administered to 400 students at Shiraz University, Iran. The exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses indicated two factors for the scale: thought/emotion regulation and attention regulation. Internal consistency of the components of the self-regulation scale was found to be relatively high. Moreover, the results supported the criterion validity of the SRS and its components in terms of their positive relationship with mindfulness and self-control variables, and their negative relationship with symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress. Hierarchical regression analysis showed that the components of thought/emotion regulation and attention regulation had a significant increased variance in explaining the inhibitory self-control and initiatory self-control beyond psychopathological and mindfulness variables. The results also indicated that thought/emotion regulation had more influence on anticipation of inhibitory self-control compared to the attention regulation. However, the influence of the attention regulation in anticipation of initiatory self-control was more than that of the thought/emotion regulation.


Self-regulation Goal pursuit Initiatory/Inhibitory self-control 



The authors would like to thank all students who participated in this research.

Compliance with Ethical Standards


The authors received no financial support for the research.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

The study was approved by the Ethics Committee of Shiraz University.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ahmad Valikhani
    • 1
  • Mohammad Ali Goodarzi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Razieh Hashemi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Clinical Psychology, College of Education and PsychologyShiraz UniversityShirazIran

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