Cheryl Harasymchuk, Department of Psychology, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada; Beverley Fehr, Department of Psychology, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB, Canada.
Development of a prototype-based measure of relational boredom
Article first published online: 7 FEB 2011
Copyright © 2011 IARR
Volume 19, Issue 1, pages 162–181, March 2012
How to Cite
HARASYMCHUK, C. and FEHR, B. (2012), Development of a prototype-based measure of relational boredom. Personal Relationships, 19: 162–181. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2011.01346.x
Preparation of this manuscript was supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grant awarded to B.F. This research was based on C.H.'s doctoral dissertation and was supported by a Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
- Issue published online: 1 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 7 FEB 2011
The goal of this research was to create a self-report measure of relational boredom using a prototype approach. In the first study, 2 samples (participants in dating relationships and in marital relationships) generated features of the concept of relational boredom. In Study 2, these features were rated for prototypicality by 2 samples (dating and married). A Relational Boredom Scale was constructed by selecting those features (items) that were rated as most central to the construct. In Study 3, the reliability and validity of the scale were assessed, again with participants in dating and marital relationships. There was evidence that the Relational Boredom Scale is a psychometrically sound measurement instrument.