On measurement instruments for fatalism

Lijiang Shen, Celeste M. Condit

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


In this chapter, fatalism is conceptualized as a set of health beliefs that encompass the dimensions of predetermination, luck, and pessimism. It is argued that such fatalistic beliefs can be extended from health issues to organizational context as well. A recently developed fatalism scale is assessed, as well as other existing instruments using three criteria: (a) item content, (b) associations among the items, and (c) associations between the items and external variables. Available empirical evidence shows that the new scale is uni-dimensional, and demonstrates good construct validity as well as scale reliability. Implications for procrastination are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOnline Instruments, Data Collection, and Electronic Measurements
Subtitle of host publicationOrganizational Advancements
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781466621725
StatePublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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