What is “grit” and why it can be a personal resource?



The review article is devoted to modern research of “grit”, personality trait, which was identified and described by A.L. Duckworth, a professor of the University of Pennsylvania. There is no well-established translation of the notion into Russian. Our option is based on the conceptual understanding of the phenomenon and the established tradition of describing “grit” as a personal trait in the Russian psychology. Modern studies show that grit is a reliable predictor of high academic results and psychological well-being. However, not only grit, but also other personality trait explain success. Then the questions about the uniqueness of grit and how it differs from other predictors raise. We will explore what specificity grit has and why outcomes are contradictory sometimes. To conclude we consider that grit can be an important personal resource.

General Information

Keywords: grit, goal achievement, predictor of success, psychological well-being, subjectively significant goal, personal resource

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology and Age-Related Psychology

Article type: review article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/jmfp.2020090402

For citation: Yerofeyeva V.G., Nartova-Bochaver S.K. What is “grit” and why it can be a personal resource? [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2020. Vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 22–31. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2020090402. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Victoria G. Yerofeyeva, Intern researcher and PhD student at the Department of Psychology, Intern researcher at the “Center for Modern Childhood Research”, Institute of Education, National Research University “Higher School of Economics”, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1077-6737, e-mail: yerofeyeva.victoria@yandex.ru

Sofya K. Nartova-Bochaver, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Head of the Laboratory for the Psychology of Salutogenic Environment, Department of Psychology, HSE University, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8061-4154, e-mail: s-nartova@yandex.ru



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