This scale refers to post-intentional self-regulation when individuals are in the phase of goal-pursuit and face difficulties in maintaining their action. In such a maintenance situation it is required to focus attention on the task at hand and to keep a favorable emotional balance. Thus‚ attention-regulation and emotion-regulation are reflected in these scale items.
In a sample of N = 442 persons the scale has obtained an internal consistency of Cronbach's alpha = .76. In a sample of N = 239 persons the scale yielded a retest stability of .62 after six weeks.
- I can concentrate on one activity for a long time‚ if necessary.
- If I am distracted from an activity‚ I don't have any problem coming back to the topic quickly.
- If an activity arouses my feelings too much‚ I can calm myself down so that I can continue with the activity soon.
- If an activity requires a problem-oriented attitude‚ I can control my feelings.
- It is difficult for me to suppress thoughts that interfere with what I need to do. (–)
- I can control my thoughts from distracting me from the task at hand.
- When I worry about something‚ I cannot concentrate on an activity. (–)
- After an interruption‚ I don't have any problem resuming my concentrated style of working.
- I have a whole bunch of thoughts and feelings that interfere with my ability to work in a focused way. (–)
- I stay focused on my goal and don’t allow anything to distract me from my plan of action.
Note: (–) indicates the item has to be reversed.
(1) not at all true‚ (2) barely true‚ (3) moderately true‚ (4) exactly true