Demographic group differences in adolescents' time attitudes

  • Andretta J
  • Worrell F
  • Mello Z
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In the present study, we examined demographic differences in time attitudes in a sample of 293 adolescents. Time attitudes were measured using the Adolescent Time Attitude Scale (Mello & Worrell, 2007; Worrell, Mello, & Buhl, 2011), which assesses positive and negative attitudes toward the past, the present, and the future. Generally, African Americans and Asian Americans reported higher scores for negative time attitudes and lower scores for positive time attitudes than European Americans and Latinos, with medium sizes. Adolescents in the low socioeconomic status group reported a less favorable evaluation of their past than middle and high SES peers, but there were no meaningful differences in time attitudes by gender. Findings indicate that middle SES adolescents, high school juniors and seniors, Latinos, and European Americans had higher representation in positive time attitude clusters (i.e., Positives and Balanced) than high SES adolescents, high school freshmen and sophomores, and African Americans. © 2012.

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  • Adolescents
  • Age
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Time attitudes

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  • James R. Andretta

  • Frank C. Worrell

  • Zena R. Mello

  • Dante D. Dixson

  • Sharon H. Baik

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