Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice

2014 Edition
| Editors: Gerben Bruinsma, David Weisburd

Measurement of Self-Control

  • Chris L. Gibson
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5690-2_359


Gottfredson and Hirschi’s concept of self-control is one criminological construct that has sparked a large amount of theoretical and empirical debate among criminologists. The interest in measuring self-control and understanding the psychometric properties of self-control measures is perhaps due to the explanatory power that Gottfredson and Hirschi (1990) attribute to self-control and the theoretical propositions they make regarding this construct. It is therefore surprising that little effort has been made to systematically examine and compile the state of criminological research on the measurement of self-control. This entry is designed to fill this void by providing a review of several issues related to the measurement of self-control and empirical studies on self-control measurement.

This review will accomplish several tasks. First, conceptual and operational definitions of self-control will be discussed. In doing so, this entry highlights the disagreements on whether the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Criminology & LawUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA