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The “Noonday Demon”, Weariness, Inattention, or All of the Above? Refining the Definition and Measurement of State Boredom

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Title: The “Noonday Demon”, Weariness, Inattention, or All of the Above? Refining the Definition and Measurement of State Boredom
Author: Baratta, Patricia
Department: Department of Psychology
Program: Psychology
Advisor: Spence, Jeffrey
Abstract: The present research involves the development and validation of a state boredom measure. Across four studies, I develop and refine scale items based on a theoretically derived definition of state boredom and test the scale’s psychometric properties across four samples. Studies 1 and 2 provide support for the substantive validity of the scale items, identifying items that are conceptually consistent with the theoretically derived definition of boredom. Study 3 tests the factor structure of the scale, providing support for the expected factor structure of boredom. Finally, Study 4 provides evidence for the convergent and discriminant validity of the scale with theoretically related and unrelated constructs. Overall, the present research suggests that the state boredom measure has a factor structure consistent with theory, generates reliable data, and is a valid measure of feeling bored.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/8365
Date: 2014-08
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