Prof. Dr. Alexander T. Vazsonyi,
Kentucky University, USA
Self Control and Adolescent Adjustment:Developmental Process and Results
Over the past two decades, in particular, self-control has emerged as a key probabilistic construct that is highly salient in understanding both developmental processes as well as development outcomes in children and adolescents. Its importance cannot be overstated, based on a very large number of investigations that have transcended a number of disciplines – criminology and criminal justice, developmental sciences, economics, psychological sciences, to name a few – work that has been carried out longitudinally as well as cross-culturally. In my lecture, I will contextualize some of the key milestones and inquiries in the identification of self-control as a distinct construct of interest and study, important for child and adolescent development and well-being, including some highlights of my own empirical work that has contributed to this body of knowledge. This will also include a brief review of key preventative and intervention studies on self-control. My keen interest and work in this area now spans a quarter century, starting with my dissertation project at the University of Arizona.