The role of dispositional self-control and interpersonal conflict on state self-regulation

Brown, Erin (2012). The role of dispositional self-control and interpersonal conflict on state self-regulation Honours Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

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Author Brown, Erin
Thesis Title The role of dispositional self-control and interpersonal conflict on state self-regulation
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2012-10-09
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Winnifred Louis
Total pages 81
Language eng
Subjects 1701 Psychology
Abstract/Summary This thesis tested the hypothesis that interpersonal conflict impairs self-regulation, and differentially so depending on whether the conflict is won or lost. Participants’ (N = 110) behavioural self-regulation was compared on verbal, numeric, and physical tasks after five minutes recalling a conflict that they had won, or lost, or a no-conflict social interaction. The role of dispositional self-control was examined as a potential moderator, and also a mediator, with expectations the ego depletion would be attenuated. Dispositional self-control varied depending on the conflict manipulation: participants in the conflict conditions reported greater self-control than participants in the no-conflict condition. However, this perceived selfcontrol was not directly associated with any of the three behavioural self-regulation measures, which were also unrelated to each other. The conflict manipulation had no direct effects on verbal or numerical self-regulation, but was associated with significantly lower performance on the physical self-regulation task. In line with expectations, two interactions of the manipulations with self-control were observed. Perceived self-control marginally interacted with manipulated conflict on verbal self-regulation, but contrary to expectations participants low in self-control showed no effect, while participants high in self-control showed impaired self-regulation in the conflict conditions. A significant interaction was also found between perceived self-control and winning vs. losing on physical self-regulation, but again the pattern was unexpected. Participants low in self-control self-regulated marginally worse on the physical task, while participants high in self-control self-regulated marginally better only in the winning condition. The implications of these findings and future directions are discussed.
Keyword Role of dispositional self-control
Interpersonal conflict

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