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

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dc.contributor.authorFreeney, Yseult-
dc.contributor.authorO'Connell, Michael F.-
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-29T14:23:45Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-29T14:23:45Z-
dc.date.copyright2009 Elsevieren
dc.date.issued2010-06-
dc.identifier.citationLearning and Individual Differencesen
dc.identifier.issn1041-6080-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10197/2474-
dc.description.abstractBeyond 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.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevieren
dc.rightsAll rights reserved.en
dc.subjectDelay-discountingen
dc.subjectDeferral of gratificationen
dc.subjectSelf-controlen
dc.subjectEducational attainmenten
dc.subjectCognitive abilityen
dc.subjectNon-cognitive abilityen
dc.subjectEconomic deprivationen
dc.subject.lcshAdolescent psychology--Irelanden
dc.subject.lcshEducational attainment--Irelanden
dc.subject.lcshCognitionen
dc.titleWait for it : delay-discounting and academic performance among an Irish adolescent sampleen
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.internal.availabilityFull text availableen
dc.internal.webversionshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lindif.2009.12.009-
dc.statusPeer revieweden
dc.identifier.volume20en
dc.identifier.issue3en
dc.identifier.startpage231en
dc.identifier.endpage236en
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.lindif.2009.12.009-
dc.neeo.contributorFreeney|Yseult|aut|-
dc.neeo.contributorO'Connell|Michael F.|aut|-
dc.description.othersponsorshipCombat Poverty Agencyen
dc.description.adminti.kpw29/9/10en
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