Time urgency and perpetual activation scale: adaptation, validity and a short-version

Renan Beningo Saraiva, Camila Gastal, Gabriela Campelo, Fabio Iglesias

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Abstract

Each individual has a repertoire of strategies for dealing with time, differentiating themselves in terms of levels of urgency when performing tasks and the number of appointments they are committed to. A few instruments have been developed to access these individual differences concerning time, notably the Time Urgency and Perpetual Activation Scale (TUPA), which measures levels of time urgency and perceptual activation. This paper describes a translated and adapted TUPA for the Brazilian context, and proposes its short-version. The translated scale was submitted as part of an online survey to 395 participants (71.4% female), ranging in age from 17 to 64 years (M = 25.36, SD = 8.65). Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses suggested a new bifactorial solution with good psychometric properties, involving a time urgency dimension and another related to occupations, named Time Urgency and Constant Ocupation Scale (UTOC). The UTOC showed good evidence of construct validity, as well as appropriate levels of convergent validity with robust measures of anxiety and stress.
Translated title of the contributionTime urgency and perpetual activation scale: adaptation, validity and a short-version
Original languagePortuguese
Number of pages10
JournalPsicologia Reflexão e Crítica
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2015

Keywords

  • time urgency
  • perpetual activation
  • anxiety

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