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Title: Childhood Self-Control, Adolescent Behavior, and Career Success
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1. Converse, Patrick D.
Piccone, Katrina A.
Tocci, Michael C.
Childhood Self-Control, Adolescent Behavior, and Career Success
Personality and Individual Differences 59 (March 2014): 65-70.
Cohort(s): Children of the NLSY79, NLSY79 Young Adult
Publisher: Elsevier
Keyword(s): Behavior Problems Index (BPI); Child Self-Administered Supplement (CSAS); Delinquency/Gang Activity; Earnings; Job Satisfaction; Occupational Information Network (O*NET); Occupational Prestige; Self-Regulation/Self-Control

Research indicates that dispositional self-control is an important predictor of a wide range of behaviors and outcomes but little research has examined this characteristic in the context of career success. This work adds to the limited findings in this area and extends previous research by developing and examining a model of self-control and career success. Specifically, drawing from the concepts of cumulative and interactional continuity (Caspi, Bem, & Elder, 1989) and the recently proposed distinction between start/initiatory and stop/inhibitory self-control (e.g., de Ridder, de Boer, Lugtig, Bakker, & van Hooft, 2011), we developed and tested a model of the pathways leading from childhood self-control to career outcomes focusing on adolescent behavior that is positive (e.g., studying) versus negative (e.g., stealing), education, and job complexity. Results indicated that childhood self-control predicted positive and negative adolescent behavior; this behavior predicted educational attainment; education predicted the complexity and income associated with one’s job; job complexity predicted income and job satisfaction; and income predicted job satisfaction. These findings add to research on self-control and career success, further demonstrating the relevance of self-control in this context and highlighting key links connecting these variables involving factors related to start and stop control.
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Converse, Patrick D., Katrina A. Piccone and Michael C. Tocci. "Childhood Self-Control, Adolescent Behavior, and Career Success." Personality and Individual Differences 59 (March 2014): 65-70.