ERIC Number: ED304349
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Multidimensional Delay of Gratification and Academic Achievement.
Ward, Wanda E.; And Others
Delay of gratification, or the ability to endure self-imposed barriers to achieve particular goals, was tested through a series of surveys given to 151 white undergraduates in an introductory psychology course at a university in the southwestern United States. The study examined the multidimensionality of delay of gratification and was concerned with the sociopolitical dimension and the relationship of academic oriented delay to academic achievement. The survey instruments were designed in the traditional forced-choice format in which two alternatives were presented, one representing delay of gratification and the other representing immediate gratification. The results were then compared to surveys given in an earlier study to black student leaders and found to be similar. Future research should focus on the sociopolitical dimension to provide a better understanding of the psychological complexity of human decisions and behaviors. Two tables and three references are included. (DJC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (68th, Burlingame, CA, April 28-May 1, 1988).