Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. R. Wayne Fuqua
Dr. Galen Alessi
Dr. Jack Michael
Masters Thesis-Open Access
The present study attempted to determine whether offering a reward to subjects for "commiting" to a large, delayed-reward task affected their degree of self-control as assessed by the "switch point." Two boys and two girls between the ages of three and five participated.
The results of this study indicate that providing a reward for making a commitment to a future behavior involving a large, delayed-reward task does have an effect on a child's degree of self-control as measured by the "switch point." In addition, the "switch point" has been shown to be a useful tool for assessing a child's degree of self-control.
Winter, Michael G., "Self-Control in Children: The Impact of Reinforced Commitment" (1990). Masters Theses. 1068.