The trait reactance construct and academic procrastination: Potential mechanisms of freedom protection in implementation choice



Year of publication 2014
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description The study explores the concept of trait reactance and its relationship to procrastination by comparing the factor structures of two reactance scales – the Hong Psychological Reactance Scale and the Therapeutic Reactance Scale – and examining the relationship of trait reactance to subjective chronic academic procrastination, subjective task-related procrastination, task-related delay, and specific attitudes and behaviours associated with academic procrastination. The results of a study conducted on college students showed that while the construct measured by the HPRS was positively related to both chronic procrastination and delay, the TRS measured a much broader, multi-dimensional construct which only partly overlapped with the HPRS, and was, as a whole, virtually unrelated to procrastination. The aspects of procrastination related to reactance especially included chronic aversion to obligatory tasks, but also various types of cognitive interference, supporting the idea that reactance might augment procrastination by increasing salience of alternative activities, protecting freedom of implementation choice.
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