Examination of the Validity and Reliability of the French Version of the Brief Self-Control Scale

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Abstract

This study aims to develop and to validate a French version of the Brief Self-Control Scale (BSCS; Tangney, Baumeister, & Boone, 2004). This instrument is usually applied as a unidimensional self-report measure for assessing trait self-control, which captures one’s dispositional ability to resist short-term temptation to reach more valuable long-term goals. Data were collected from 2 independent samples of French-speaking individuals (n1 = 287; n2 = 160). Results indicated that the French version of the BSCS can be treated as unidimensional, like the original questionnaire. Data also showed consistent acceptable reliability and reasonable test-retest stability. Acceptable external validity of constructs was supported by relationships with self-reported measures of impulsivity (urgency, lack of premeditation, lack of perseverance, sensation seeking), including urgency, lack of premeditation, and lack of perseverance. Overall, the findings suggest that the average score of the French version of the BSCS is a viable option for assessing trait self-control in French speaking populations.

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