Action Control Scale (ACS-90)

Single Wave Study

General Information

Action Control Scale (ACS-90)
In June 2010, the LISS-I panel completed the Action Control Scale (ACS-90) questionnaire with the aim of gaining insight into the effects of independent versus interdependent self-construal on the relationship between self-regulatory competence, self-access and well-being across cultures.  

The two (of the three) scales used here are:
a) Failure-related action orientation vs. preoccupation (AOF)
b) Decision-related action orientation vs. hesitation (AOD).
Longitudinal Type
Single Wave Study
Begin date
End date
Chasiotis, A., Bender, M., Van De Vijver, F.J.R.
© 2011 CentERdata
Funding Organization
CentERdata/MESS Project
Cross-Cultural Psychology at Tilburg University
Statistics Netherlands (CBS)

Datasets and documentation

View Documentation

Codebook in English
Codebook in Dutch

Data Files

English SPSS file
English STATA file


Variable name Variable Label Variable Type
nomem_encrNumber of the respondent encryptedpreloaded
ex11a_mYear and month of the field work periodconstructed
ex11a001When I am compelled to do something that I find dull and uninteresting:directly measured
ex11a002When I lose something that is very dear to me and I cannot find it anywhere:directly measured
ex11a003When I don’t have anything particular do and feel bored:directly measured
ex11a004When I need to work at home:directly measured
ex11a005When something is very important to me, but I just don’t seem to manage to do it:directly measured
ex11a006When I need to do lots of important things and all these things require haste:directly measured
ex11a007When there are two things that I am eager to do but they can’t be done at the same time:directly measured
ex11a008When I’ve bought a new device (for instance a computer or mobile phone) that accidentally drops to the ground and cannot be repaired:directly measured
ex11a009When I have to take care of something that is not very pleasant to do:directly measured
ex11a010When I need to start on an important project:directly measured
ex11a011When I need to discuss something important with someone but I cannot reach that person:directly measured
ex11a012When I’ve bought a lot of things but discover on coming home that I paid too much and that I can’t get my money back:directly measured
ex11a013When I’m told that my work is completely inadequate:directly measured
ex11a014When I get stuck in traffic and miss an important appointment:directly measured
ex11a015When I need to solve a difficult problem:directly measured
ex11a016When I unexpectedly have some time off and I need to think about what I want to do:directly measured
ex11a017When something has really discouraged me:directly measured
ex11a018When several things go wrong on a single day:directly measured
ex11a019When I know that I need to finish something soon:directly measured
ex11a020When I’ve spent weeks working on a project and then everything about the project goes completely wrong:directly measured
ex11a021When I need to do a dull assignment:directly measured
ex11a022When I participate in a competition and each time I lose:directly measured
ex11a023When I have put my full effort into delivering really good work, but it all goes wrong anyway:directly measured
ex11a024When I get myself ready to solve a difficult problem:directly measured
ex11a025Was it difficult to answer the questions?directly measured
ex11a026Were the questions sufficiently clear?directly measured
ex11a027Did the questionnaire get you thinking about things?directly measured
ex11a028Was it an interesting subject?directly measured
ex11a029Did you enjoy answering the questions?directly measured
ex11a030Starting date questionnaireconstructed
ex11a031Starting time questionnaireconstructed
ex11a032End date questionnaireconstructed
ex11a033End time questionnaireconstructed
ex11a034Duration in secondsderived


Questionnaire: Action Control Scale

This questionnaire was originally conducted in Dutch.

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Response Information

Response Overview
Selected number of household members: 2508 (100%)
Non-response: 783 (31.2%)
Response: 1725 (68.8%)
Complete: 1722 (68.7%)
Incomplete: 3 (.1%)
Collection Events
06-06-2011 to 29-06-2011
panel members with the age of 16 years or older.
Collection Mode
internet survey
Fieldwork Note
a reminder was sent twice to non-respondents