PROBLEM: Resourcefulness is known to reduce depression in adults, but its effects on children are less well known, possibly for lack of a psychometrically sound measure.
METHODS: This study examined the reliability and validity of the 32-item Children's Self-Control Scale (C-SCS), which measures resourcefulness, in 122 school-aged children.
FINDINGS: Standard scale refinement methods produced a 10-item scale with α= .72 and correlations with the C-SCS (r = .86), positive thoughts (r = .38), and depressive symptoms (r =–.32). Factor analysis revealed two factors: problem-solving and delay of gratification.
CONCLUSIONS: The 10-item scale may be useful for identifying children who are not resourceful and are at risk for depression.