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Adolescents consider the future differently depending on the domain in question: results of an exploratory study in the United Kingdom

McKay, Michael T.; Perry, John L.; Cole, Jon C.; Magee, Jennifer

Authors

Michael T. McKay

John L. Perry

Jon C. Cole

Jennifer Magee



Abstract

The study of Consideration of Future Consequences (CFC) construct has increased substantively in recent years. Underlying these developments is the presumption that consideration of the future is uniform across all domains, and not a domain-specific construct. Building on work undertaken previously, the present study used 30 researcher-derived items to assess the domain specificity of consideration of the future in three large samples of adolescents in the United Kingdom. A psychometrically valid and reliable 18-item scale measuring consideration of the future in four domains emerged. Domain specificity was supported on two levels: a good fitting multidimensional model of CFC; and low to moderate factor correlations for the four domains measured by the 18-item scale. The study suggests that adolescents are considerate of future outcomes to different degrees, depending on the domain, and the implications of this with regard to future research are discussed.

Citation

McKay, M. T., Perry, J. L., Cole, J. C., & Magee, J. (2017). Adolescents consider the future differently depending on the domain in question: results of an exploratory study in the United Kingdom. Personality and individual differences, 104, 448-452. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2016.09.002

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 4, 2016
Online Publication Date Sep 12, 2016
Publication Date 2017-01
Deposit Date Sep 26, 2016
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2022
Journal Personality and individual differences
Print ISSN 0191-8869
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 104
Pages 448-452
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2016.09.002
Keywords Consideration of the future; Domain specific
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/443510
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0191886916309552
Additional Information This is the accepted manuscript of an article published in Personality and individual differences, 2017. The version of record is available at the DOI link in this record.

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