Regulatory Mode (RM)

Author of Tool: 

Kruglanski, A. W., Thompson, E. P., Higgins, E. T., Atash, M. N., Pierro, A., Shah, J. Y., Spiegel, S.

Key references: 

Kruglanski, A. W., Thompson, E. P., Higgins, E. T., Atash, M. N., Pierro, A., Shah, J. Y., Spiegel, S. (2000). To "do the right thing" or to "just do it": Locomotion and assessment as distinct self-regulatory imperatives. Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, 79, 793-815.

Primary use / Purpose: 

Measures the individual differences in tendencies towards self-regulation.

Background: 

The Regulatory Mode scale development was the result of an integrated series of studies investigated 2 functional dimensions of self-regulation referred to as 
assessment and locomotion (E. T. Higgins and A. W. Krnglanski, 1995). Assessment constitutes the comparative aspect of self-regulation that critically evaluates alternative goals or means to decide which are best to pursue and appraises performance. Locomotion constitutes the aspect of self-regulation concerned with movement from state to state, including commitment of psychological resources to initiate and maintain such movement. Two separate scales were developed to measure individual differences in these tendencies.

Psychometrics: 

Exploratory factor analysis resulted in a 12-item assessment scale and a 12-item locomotion scale, whose items were highly relevant theoretically as well as endowed with desirable psychometric properties. For details on psychometrics, see article: Kruglanski, A. W., Thompson, E. P., Higgins, E. T., Atash, M. N., Pierro, A., Shah, J. Y., Spiegel, S. (2000). To "do the right thing" or to "just do it": Locomotion and assessment as distinct self-regulatory imperatives. Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, 79, 793-815.

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