Assessment of Academic and Everyday Procrastination

The Use of Self-Report Measures
  • Joseph R. Ferrari
  • Judith L. Johnson
  • William G. McCown
Part of the The Springer Series in Social Clinical Psychology book series (SSSC)


As indicated in Chapter 1, there is reason to believe that procrastination is an important subject for empirical research. Tasks that are not completed promptly may reduce both individual performance and organizational effectiveness (Ferrari, 1993a; 1994). Furthermore, they may be a source of stress to those individuals who are expected to complete the tasks (McKean, 1990). Articles and books on procrastination have appeared recently in the popular press (e.g., Burka & Yuen, 1983; Cornyn-Selby, 1986; Ellis & Knaus, 1977; Gagliard, 1984; Knaus, 1973). Useful theory and research have begun to be conducted. However, before theory construction and substantial research are performed, precise measurement of the construct is needed. Our purpose in this Chapter is to address the psychometric properties of several self-report measures of procrastination.


Social Anxiety Irrational Belief Identity Style General Procrastination Academic Procrastination 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph R. Ferrari
    • 1
  • Judith L. Johnson
    • 2
  • William G. McCown
    • 3
  1. 1.DePaul UniversityChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Villanova UniversityVillanovaUSA
  3. 3.Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric ResearchOrangeburgUSA

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