Values as Predictor of Youth Procrastination in the Conditions of Globalization


Procrastination as a voluntary, irrational postponement of the planned actions despite the fact that it will cost a lot or will have a negative effect on a person, became the disease of our times (Milgram, 1992). In spite of the fact that procrastination becomes a more serious problem in business, as in well as in the academic environment, its reasons and mechanisms are not clear. This study is aimed at revealing whether the tendency of procrastination is associated with personal life values. For the diagnostics of procrastination the General Procrastination Scale (Lay, 1986) adapted by Ya.I. Varvaricheva (Varvaricheva, 2010) on the Russian sample was used. Life values were analyzed using adapted Sch. Schwartz's questionnaire PVQ-R (Schwartz, etc., 2012). The results (N=200) show that students with high level of procrastination have less values of self-direction, power, achievement and security. They less tend to dominate over other people, they are less ambitious, less strive for personal success, they seek less to ensure safety for themselves and stability for society, as well as it is less important for them to think and make decisions independently. At the same time, procrastinators show more value of stimulation, attaching more significance to getting new impressions and emotions in life. Moreover, the values of security and self-direction affect the distribution of students in groups with various levels of procrastination. Thus, the reduced value of security and self-direction becomes the cornerstone of procrastination. The results are discussed in the context of globalization.

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Ekaterina Zabelina, Chelyabinsk State University, Russia
Svetlana Kurnosova, Chelyabinsk State University, Russia
Irina Trushina, Chelyabinsk State University, Russia

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Conference: ECP2019
Stream: General Psychology

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