The purpose of the present research was to examine the predicative ability of both the unique and combined components of grit, trait self-control, and conscientiousness in the context of academic goal pursuit. Participants (n1 = 163, n2 = 551) were asked to complete assessments of each self-regulatory trait and reported their motivation for an academic goal. Together, grit, trait self-control, and conscientiousness explained 9.9% of the variance in academic goal motivation across both samples. Using commonality analysis, we found that the overlapping components of grit, trait self-control, and conscientiousness accounted for 49.6% of the explained variance (4.9% of the total variance), with the individual components each accounting for less than 20% (2% of the total variance). Implications for research on self-regulatory traits are discussed.

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Keywords Academic motivation, Commonality analysis, Conscientiousness, Goal pursuit, Grit, Self-regulation, Trait self-control
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2019.06.003
Journal Journal of Research in Personality
Citation
Werner, K.M. (Kaitlyn M.), Milyavskaya, M, Klimo, R. (Rebecca), & Levine, S.L. (Shelby L.). (2019). Examining the unique and combined effects of grit, trait self-control, and conscientiousness in predicting motivation for academic goals: A commonality analysis. Journal of Research in Personality, 81, 168–175. doi:10.1016/j.jrp.2019.06.003