Comparative Measures of Grit, Tenacity and Perseverance

Rhonda Christensen, Gerald Knezek


Motivation to learn has been shown to be an important asset for success in school and career. This study examined the relationship between psychometric scales as well as survey items regarding motivational characteristics related to learning and achievement. Several analysis techniques were used to examine the consistency of the scales forming the basis of this study, as well as the integrity of psychological constructs, and their relationship to each other. Newer measurement indices related to grit and perseverance are compared to historical indices related to persistence and motivation to study to explore the commonalities or differences in the measures. Multiple gender differences in the measures indicate that females in this study are higher in most of the areas measured.


perseverance, grit, persistence, study habits, gender

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