Boredom Proneness Scale

Developed to assess boredom‚ the Boredom Proneness Scale (BPS) was cr‎eated in 1986. It specifically used to determine the cause for periods of boredom and the steps to combat it.

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The subscales for the test include external stimulation‚ perception of time‚ constraints‚ affective responses‚ and focusing endurance. The test includes a 28 true false questions that were originally geared towards people 17 and older but have been adapted to fit children.

Authors: Farmer and Sundberg (1986).
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The statements can be answered using a true-false response (the originial format used) or with a 7-point format from “1” (highly disagree) used in recent research.

_____ 1. It is easy for me to concentrate on my activities.

_____ 2. Frequently when I am working I find myself worrying about other things.

_____ 3. Time always seems to be passing slowly.

_____ 4. I often find myself at “loose ends”‚ not knowing what to do.

_____ 5. I am often trapped in situations where I have to do meaningless things.

_____ 6. ha‎ving to look at someone’s home movies or travel slides bores me tremendously.

_____ 7. I have projects in mind all the time‚ things to do.

_____ 8. I find it easy to entertain myself.

_____ 9. Many things I have to do are repetitive and monotonous.

_____ 10. It takes more stimulation to get me going than most people.

_____ 11. I get a kick out of most things I do.

_____ 12. I am seldom excited about my work.

_____ 13. In any situation I can usually find something to do or see to keep me interested.

_____ 14. Much of the time I just sit around doing nothing.

_____ 15. I am good at waiting patiently.

_____ 16. I often find myself with nothing to do‚ time on my hands.

_____ 17. In situations where I have to wait‚ such as a line I get very restless.

_____ 18. I often wake up with a new idea.

_____ 19. It would be very hard for me to find a job that is exciting enough.

_____ 20. I would like more challenging things to do in life.

_____ 21. I feel that I am working below my abilities most of the time.

_____ 22. Many people would say that I am a creative or imaginative person.

_____ 23. I have so many interests‚ I don’t have time to do everything.

_____ 24. Among my friends‚ I am the one who keeps doing something the longest.

_____ 25. Unless I am doing something exciting‚ even dangerous‚ I feel half-dead and dull.

_____ 26. It takes a lot of change and variety to keep me really happy.

_____ 27. It seems that the same things are on television or the movies all the time; it’s getting old.

_____ 28. When I was young‚ I was often in monotonous and tiresome situations.

Validity and Reliability

According to studies performed by several different sources – Vodanovic‚ Ahmed‚ Watt – the BPS is a valid and reliable test. These studies showed alpha scores for the internal consistency and the test-retest reliability at 0.83 and 0.79 respectively.

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References

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