Implications of social support as a self-control resource

June J. Pilcher, Stewart A. Bryant, Nuno Sousa, Avi Avital, Li Jing

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Self-control is an intricate component of decision making and effectively managing dayto- day life. Failing to maintain adequate self-control can have negative effects on many desired goals and social experiences. As such, understanding how different facets of the human experience may affect self-control is an important undertaking. One area that is yet unclear is the possible relationships between social support and self-control. Research suggests that social support can be an effective resource in reducing stress and promoting health and well-being. Research has also indicated that stress can be a limiting factor on self-control. In contrast, few studies have focused on social support as a potential resource for self-control. The goal of this mini-review article is to explore the intersections between self-control and social support and encourage integration of these two relatively independent areas of research. This review will help provide a broader understanding of self-control resources and how we can better understand the relationships between social well-being and our ability to monitor and utilize our capacity to maintain self-control.

Original languageEnglish
Article number228
JournalFrontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
Issue numberNOV
StatePublished - 28 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes

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  • Decision making
  • Executive functioning
  • Goal pursuit
  • Self-control
  • Social support
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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