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ERIC Number: ED306482
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
Pages: 21
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Boredom Proneness in Young Adults: Gender and Cultural Comparisons.
Sundberg, Norman D.; And Others
Despite the widespread prevalence of boredom in many societies and of boredom-related problems in education, industry, and mental health, little research has been done on this emotion and no empirical cross-cultural research could be found. A Boredom Proneness (BP) Scale was developed and administered to college students in Australia, Hong Kong, Lebanon, and the United States. A principal component analysis of the four samples revealed similar factor loadings and alpha coefficients. An analysis of variance among groups manifested a significant main effect of culture, an effect much larger than that for gender which was also significant. The Australian and American samples were similar in their boredom proneness levels. The Lebanese students, followed by the Hong Kong students reported the highest amounts of boredom proneness. Within all groups, males scored higher than females and significantly so with Americans and Australians. Fifteen "factorially transcultural" items were identified across samples. The results suggest that although boredom may exhibit many shared elements, culturally specific attitudes also exist. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Hong Kong; Lebanon; United States