Wait for it : delay-discounting and academic performance among an Irish adolescent sample

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dc.contributor.author Freeney, Yseult
dc.contributor.author O'Connell, Michael F.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-09-29T14:23:45Z
dc.date.available 2010-09-29T14:23:45Z
dc.date.copyright 2009 Elsevier en
dc.date.issued 2010-06
dc.identifier.citation Learning and Individual Differences en
dc.identifier.issn 1041-6080
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2474
dc.description.abstract Beyond cognitive ability and family background, are there other significant determinants of educational attainment? From research in psychology, economics, education and criminology, one powerful influence is the ability to delay gratification, operationalised in this paper as ‘delay-discounting’. It is intuitively plausible that the ability to subordinate short-term appetites in order to obtain long-term goals could have positive consequences for academic achievement. A representative sample of 1,131 students preparing for a state examination were offered a series of hypothetical options in which prize winnings, and the interval before the winnings could be collected, were varied. Greater willingness to wait was rewarded with increments in winnings. Participants were also given a short test of cognitive ability, asked about their academic achievement, and family and community status. A multivariate analysis indicated that, while controlling for cognitive ability and economic deprivation, delay-discounting made a significant prediction of attainment. Policy implications for children’s learning are discussed. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.rights All rights reserved. en
dc.subject Delay-discounting en
dc.subject Deferral of gratification en
dc.subject Self-control en
dc.subject Educational attainment en
dc.subject Cognitive ability en
dc.subject Non-cognitive ability en
dc.subject Economic deprivation en
dc.subject.lcsh Adolescent psychology--Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Educational attainment--Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Cognition en
dc.title Wait for it : delay-discounting and academic performance among an Irish adolescent sample en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.internal.webversions http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lindif.2009.12.009 en
dc.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.volume 20 en
dc.identifier.issue 3 en
dc.identifier.startpage 231 en
dc.identifier.endpage 236 en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.lindif.2009.12.009
dc.neeo.contributor Freeney|Yseult|aut| en
dc.neeo.contributor O'Connell|Michael F.|aut| en
dc.description.othersponsorship Combat Poverty Agency en
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