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ERIC Number: ED406901
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
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Procrastination Revisited: The Constructive Use of Delayed Response.
Subotnik, Rena F.; And Others
This study investigated patterns of procrastination in the domains of health, relationships, employment, and creative outlets in 19 former Westinghouse Science Talent Search winners, age 32 years. A model was synthesized from the available literature and an interview schedule of 14 open-ended items was developed to elicit self-assessments of procrastination behavior in the four domains. Analysis of interview responses regarding the work domain showed that 12 of the subjects did not procrastinate with work activities and nine of these were physicians. None of the seven work-related procrastinators had work-related life or death consequences associated with delay. In the social/family life domain, the clearest factor demarcating procrastinators was gender with none of the seven women subjects reporting that they procrastinated significantly in this domain. In the health domain, 13 of the 19 reported procrastination. In the creativity domain, nine of the subjects were employed in environments where creativity was a central component of work. Four of these reported procrastination and five did not. Although it was anticipated that procrastination would have emotional consequences on all procrastinators this was not found. Discussion focused on sources of procrastination, perfectionistic tendencies, and risk taking. (Contains 28 references.) (JLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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