Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 156–164 | Cite as

Boredom: Exploration of a developmental perspective

  • Martha A. Gabriel


This article presents an examination of the phenomenon of boredom in adults and searches for a developmental explanation for boredom by using clues from the cumulative literature on boredom, clinical interviews with bored adults and findings from infant observational studies. The author attempts to link behaviors observed in infant research with the phenomenon of adult boredom toward the goal of contributing to a more precise meaning of this state of mind in both the patient and the therapist.


Observational Study Clinical Interview Developmental Perspective Precise Meaning Infant Research 
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© Human Sciences Press 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Martha A. Gabriel
    • 1
  1. 1.New York

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