Relationships between procrastination, sexual orientation, conscientiousness and depression

Samantha Banbury, Joanne Lusher, Arbel Vigodny

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Procrastination can lead to reduced mental well-being and life satisfaction. In this study, levels of procrastination were examined as a function of sexual orientation using a correlational design. Through an internet survey, a sample of 437 participants completed the Pure Procrastination Scale, the conscientiousness related items of the International Personality Item Pool, and an adapted version of the Rasch Derived Centre for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale-Short Form. Participants were divided in to one of four groups based on their gender and sexual orientation. Procrastination scores were higher for heterosexual men compared to heterosexual women (r=.142). Non heterosexual women were found to procrastinate more than heterosexual women (r=.162). Both relationships were mediated by conscientiousness, but not depression. Results suggest that certain sexual orientation groups may be more vulnerable to procrastination and this has implications for their well-being, which raises further awareness of issues pertinent to disparity in health equity.
Original languageEnglish
JournalArchives of Psychology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2018


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