Passionate thinkers feel better : Self-control capacity as mediator of the relationship between need for cognition and affective adjustment

Bertrams, Alex ; Dickhäuser, Oliver

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URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-379423
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2012
The title of a journal, publication series: Journal of Individual Differences
Volume: 33
Issue number: 2
Page range: 69-75
Place of publication: Göttingen
Publishing house: Hogrefe & Huber
ISSN: 1614-0001 , 2151-2299
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Social Sciences > Pädagogische Psychologie (Dickhäuser 2008-)
Subject: 150 Psychology
Abstract: The present study tested a possible explanation for the positive relationship between the motivation to engage in cognitive endeavors (need for cognition, NFC) and indicators of affective adjustment (e.g., higher self-esteem, lower depression) that has been demonstrated in previous studies. We suggest that dispositional self-control capacity mediates this relationship, since NFC has been found to be related to self-control capacity, and self-control capacity is crucial for adjustment. NFC, dispositional self-control capacity, self-esteem, habitual depressive mood, and tendency to respond in a socially desirable manner were measured among 150 university students via self-report. Regression analyses and Sobel tests revealed that self-control capacity was a potential mediator of the positive relationship between NFC and affective adjustment. The findings were robust in terms of social desirability.

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