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Grit has been found to be more predictive of success and achievement than cognitive abilities and intelligence (Duckworth, Peterson, Matthews, & Kelly, 2007). Since grit is strongly associated with goal achievement, researchers have been interested in examining correlates of grit, and have found that grit is positively related to self-control (Duckworth & Gross, 2014) and to several indicators of mental health such as well-being

(Disabato, Goodman, & Kashdan, 2018; Vainio, & Daukantaite, 2015).

current research projects

Working with undergraduate students at Adams State University, we are examining how grit is related to psychological outcomes and what environmental factors may be related to grit development. In one study, we found that grit was inversely related to permissive parenting styles. Permissive parenting is marked by high warmth and low demandingness towards children, suggesting that parents who have low expectations for their children may have a negative impact on their children developing grit.


Currently, we are conducting several studies. If you are interested in participating in any of our online surveys, please click on the links below and decide whether you would like to participate. For the following study, the only requirement is that you must be 18 years or older to participate:

The study below is relevant for college and graduate students (and you must be 18 years of age or older):

If you are interested in building grit in your organizational culture, then please contact us.



Disabato, D. J., Goodman, F. R., & Kashdan, T. B. (2018). Is grit relevant to well-being and strengths? Evidence across the globe for separating perseverance of effort and consistency of interests. Journal of Personality, 87, 194–211.

Duckworth, A., & Gross, J. J. (2014). Self-control and grit: Related but separable determinants of success. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 23(5), 319-325.

Duckworth, A. L., Peterson, C., Matthews, M. D., & Kelly, D. R. (2007). Grit: Perseverance and passion for long-term goals. Personality Process and Individual Differences, 92(6), 1087-1101.

Vainio, M. M., & Daukantaite, D. (2015). Grit and different aspects of well-being: Direct and indirect relationships via sense of coherence and authenticity. Journal of Happiness Studies, 16(6). doi.10.1007/s10902-015-9688-7