Qualitative and Quantitative Trends in the Assessment of Subjective Temporality

  • Victor E. C. Ortuño
  • Maria Paula Paixão
  • Isabel Nunes Janeiro


Research on time perspective (TP) has struggled with several conceptual and methodological problems. One of the consistently identified shortcomings is the scarcity of reliable psychological assessment instruments. In this chapter, the authors provide a critical analysis concerning the methodological evolution of the assessment of the subjective temporality, and briefly describe some of the most representative measures. While most assessment efforts were initially set on the use of qualitative procedures, current research studies and conceptual developments are mainly founded on the use of quantitative assessment instruments providing several measurement indicators. There are, however, some remaining issues that must be addressed concerning the construction and development of innovative assessment procedures used in the understanding of the impact of subjective temporality constructs on individual and social behavior.


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  • Victor E. C. Ortuño
    • 1
    • 2
  • Maria Paula Paixão
    • 2
  • Isabel Nunes Janeiro
    • 3
  1. 1.University of the RepublicMontevideoUruguay
  2. 2.University of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal
  3. 3.University of LisbonLisbonPortugal

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