Self-Regulatory Orientation: Addressing a basic aspect of the self and its relation to social indicators and life-outcomes

Single Wave Study

General Information

Self-Regulatory Orientation: Addressing a basic aspect of the self and its relation to social indicators and life-outcomes
Project Number
In February 2011, the LISS panel was presented a questionnaire with questions that capture self-regulation and 8 questions that capture individualism/collectivism to test the relationship of these psychological constructs with core social science constructs such as values, political attitudes, trust, and well-being (which are already in the LISS core questionnaires). In addition, 8 questions were asked to measure empathy, allowing for an investigation of the interplay of regulatory focus, empathy, and trust.
Longitudinal Type
Single Wave Study
Begin date
End date
Keller, Keller
© 2011 CentERdata
Funding Organization
CentERdata/MESS Project

Datasets and documentation

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Codebook in English
Codebook in Dutch

Data Files

English SPSS file
English STATA file


Variable name Variable Label Variable Type
nomem_encrNumber of household member encryptedpreloaded
ed11a_mYear and month of the field work periodconstructed
ed11a001In general, I am focused on preventing negative events in my life.directly measured
ed11a002I often imagine how I can achieve my expectations and aspirations.directly measured
ed11a003I see myself as someone who is primarily striving to reach my “ideal self” -to fulfill my hopes wishes, and aspirations.directly measured
ed11a004I often worry that I will fail to accomplish my goals.directly measured
ed11a005I am more focused on preventing loss than gaining profits.directly measured
ed11a006I often think about how to prevent a failure in my life.directly measured
ed11a007In general, I am focused on achieving positive outcomes in my life.directly measured
ed11a008At this moment, my major goal in life is to avoid becoming a failure.directly measured
ed11a009I see myself as someone who is primarily striving to become what is expected of me.directly measured
ed11a010I often think about the person I would ideally like to be in the future.directly measured
ed11a011I am anxious that I will fall short of my responsibilities and obligations.directly measured
ed11a012I typically focus on the success I hope to achieve in the future.directly measured
ed11a013I often imagine myself experiencing bad things that I fear might happen to me.directly measured
ed11a014My major goal in life is to achieve my ambitions.directly measured
ed11a015I often think about the person I am afraid I might become in the future.directly measured
ed11a016I often think about how I can achieve success.directly measured
ed11a017I often imagine that good things happen to me.directly measured
ed11a018I am more focused on achieving success than on preventing failure.directly measured
ed11a019I’d rather depend on my own strength than being dependent on others.directly measured
ed11a020My personal identity, independent of others, is very important to me.directly measured
ed11a021Winning is everything.directly measured
ed11a022Competition is the law of nature.directly measured
ed11a023If an acquaintance gets a prize, I would feel proud.directly measured
ed11a024To me, pleasure is spending time with others.directly measured
ed11a025It is my duty to take care of my family, even when I have to sacrifice what I want.directly measured
ed11a026It is important to me that I respect the decisions made by my groups.directly measured
ed11a027It upsets me to see helpless old people.directly measured
ed11a028I cannot continue to feel OK if people around me are depressed.directly measured
ed11a029I get very angry when I see someone being ill-treated.directly measured
ed11a030I tend to get emotionally involved with a friend’s problems.directly measured
ed11a031I am very upset when I see an animal in pain.directly measured
ed11a032It makes me sad to see a lonely stranger in a group.directly measured
ed11a033I become nervous if others around me seem to be nervous.directly measured
ed11a034Seeing people cry upsets me.directly measured
ed11a035Was it difficult to answer the questions?directly measured
ed11a036Were the questions sufficiently clear?directly measured
ed11a037Did the questionnaire get you thinking about things?directly measured
ed11a038Was it an interesting subject?directly measured
ed11a039Did you enjoy answering the questions?directly measured
ed11a040Starting date questionnaireconstructed
ed11a041Starting time questionnaireconstructed
ed11a042End date questionnaireconstructed
ed11a043End time questionnaireconstructed
ed11a044Duration in secondsderived


Questionnaire: SelfRegulation

This questionnaire was originally conducted in Dutch

Browse SelfRegulation

Response Information

Response Overview
Selected number of household members: 7155 (100%) 
Non-response: 2047 (28.6%)
Response: 5108 (71.4%)
Complete: 5093 (71.2%)
Incomplete: 15 (0.2%)
Collection Events
07-02-2011 to 27-02-2011
panel members of 16 years and older
Collection Mode
internet survey
Fieldwork Note
a reminder was sent twice to non-respondents