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Measuring time perspective in adolescents : can you get the right answer by asking the wrong questions?

Perry, John L.; McKay, Michael T.; Worrell, Frank C.; Živkovič, Urška; Mello, Zena R.; Musil, Bojan

Authors

John L. Perry

Michael T. McKay

Frank C. Worrell

Urška Živkovič

Zena R. Mello

Bojan Musil

Abstract

Time perspective continues to evolve as a psychological construct. The extant literature suggests that higher future orientation and lower present orientation are associated with better developmental outcomes. However, the extant literature also suggests that issues remain with the measurement of the construct. Recently, a 25-item version of the Zimbardo Time Perspective Inventory (ZTPI-25) was suggested for use based on high internal consistency estimates and good discriminant validity of scores in a sample of Italian adolescents. However, the genesis of this scale is uncertain. The present study examined the factorial validity, reliability, and concurrent validity of ZTPI-25 scores in Slovenian, American, and British adolescents. Results revealed satisfactory concurrent validity based on correlations with measures used in the development of the full ZTPI. However, internal consistency and factorial validity of scores were unsatisfactory. The present study questions the use of the ZTPI-25 with adolescents in the context of conceptual and measurement issues more broadly.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2015-05
Journal Personality and individual differences
Print ISSN 0191-8869
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 78
Pages 53-57
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2015.01.015
Keywords Zimbardo Time Perspective Inventory; Exploratory structural equation modelling; Reliability; Concurrent validity
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0191886915000355
Additional Information Authors' accepted manuscript of article published in: Personality and individual differences, 2015, v.78

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