Using the Dimensions of Mastery Questionnaire (DMQ) to Assess Mastery Motivation of English- and Chinese-Speaking Children Chapter uri icon


  • The Dimensions of Mastery Questionnaire (DMQ), discussed in this chapter, assesses several aspects of adults' and children's perceptions of children's mastery-related behaviors. The DMQ is one of several measurement techniques, including challenging structured tasks and semi-structured play, developed to assess mastery motivation, which is related to but different from self-regulation. From neurons to neighborhoods (Shonkoff & Phillips, 2000) identified mastery motivation (the intrinsic drive to explore and master one's environment) as a key developmental concept that should be included as part of a child's evaluation.

author list (cited authors)

  • Morgan, G. A., Wang, J., Liao, H., & Xu, Q.

citation count

  • 14

editor list (cited editors)

  • Barrett, K. C., Fox, N. A., Morgan, G. A., Fidler, D. J., & Daunhauer, L. A.

Book Title

  • Handbook of Self-Regulatory Processes in Development

publication date

  • December 2012