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Procrastination as a Fast Life History Strategy
Bin-Bin Chen1; Lei Chang2
2016-01-06
Source PublicationEvolutionary Psychology
ISSN1474-7049
Volume14Issue:1
Abstract

Research has revealed that procrastination-the purposive delay of an intended course of action-is a maladaptive behavior. However, by drawing on an evolutionary life history (LF) approach, the present study proposes that procrastination may be an adaptive fast LF strategy characterized by prioritizing immediate benefits with little regard to long-term consequences. A total of 199 undergraduate students completed measures of procrastination and future orientation and the Mini-K scale, which measures the slow LF strategy. Structural equation modeling revealed that, as predicted, procrastination was negatively associated with a slow LF strategy both directly and indirectly through the mediation of future orientation. These results define the fast LF origin of procrastination.

KeywordFast Strategy Future Orientation Life History Procrastination
DOI10.1177/1474704916630314
URLView the original
Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaPsychology
WOS SubjectPsychology, Experimental
WOS IDWOS:000373380000001
PublisherSAGE PUBLICATIONS INC, 2455 TELLER RD, THOUSAND OAKS, CA 91320 USA
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY
Corresponding AuthorLei Chang
Affiliation1.Fudan University
2.University of Macau
Corresponding Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Bin-Bin Chen,Lei Chang. Procrastination as a Fast Life History Strategy[J]. Evolutionary Psychology,2016,14(1).
APA Bin-Bin Chen,&Lei Chang.(2016).Procrastination as a Fast Life History Strategy.Evolutionary Psychology,14(1).
MLA Bin-Bin Chen,et al."Procrastination as a Fast Life History Strategy".Evolutionary Psychology 14.1(2016).
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