Date of Graduation

Spring 2021


Master of Science in Early Childhood and Family Development


Early Childhood and Family Development

Committee Chair

Joanna Cemore Brigden


uncertainty monitoring, resilience, self-regulation, self-awareness, metacognition, self-efficacy, optimism, middle childhood, RSCA, perceptual discrimination

Subject Categories

Development Studies


This study explores correlations between uncertainty monitoring and resiliency in middle childhood, an age not previously studied. Eighty-three 9- to 11-year-olds (M = 9.98; SD = .693) completed a researcher-created perceptual discrimination task, followed by a confidence judgment decision to determine uncertainty monitoring. Resiliency was determined via The Resiliency Scale for Children and Adolescents (RSCA) including a sense of mastery and its subsets (self-efficacy and optimism) as parts of resiliency. Significant positive correlations were found between uncertainty monitoring and sense of mastery (r = .23, p = .037) and its subsets (self-efficacy: r = .22, p = .04 and optimism: r = .25, p = .025). These results show that awareness of one’s uncertainty (uncertainty monitoring) influences their approach and adaptation to challenges in their environment (resiliency). Individuals with a heightened level of uncertainty awareness may show confidence in their ability to make behavioral changes that support their life goals and exhibit a more positive outlook on life.


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