Procrastination and Task Avoidance: Theory, Research, and Treatment

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jan 31, 1995 - Medical - 268 pages
Procrastination is a fascinating, highly complex human phenomenon for which the time has come for systematic theoretical and therapeutic effort. The present volume reflects this effort. It was a labor of love to read this scholarly, timely book-the first of its kind on the topic. It was especially encouraging to find that its authors are remarkably free of the phenomenon they have been investigating. One might have expected the opposite. It has often been argued that people select topics that trouble them and come to understand their problems better by studying or treating them in others. This does not appear to be true of the procrastination researchers represented in this book. I base this conclusion on two simple observations. First, the work is replete with recent refer ences and the book itself has reached the reader scarcely a year following its completion. Second, when one considers the remarkable pace of pro grammatic research by these contributors during the past decade, it is clear that they are at the healthy end of the procrastination continuum. The fascinating history of the term procrastination is well documented in this book. The term continues to conjure up contrasting, eloquent images-especially for poets. When Edward Young wrote in 1742, "Pro crastination is the Thief of Time," he was condemning the waste of the most precious of human commodities.

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Contents

Chapter
1
Chapter
11
Clinical Significance of Procrastination
12
Conclusion
19
Procrastination Research and the Behavioral Tradition
25
Behaviorism and Programmed Systems of Instruction
32
Cognitive and CognitiveBehavioral Theories of Procrastination
34
Temperamental and Personological Explanations
40
Procrastination and Perfectionistic Parental Expectancies
126
Future Research Issues
132
Procrastination in Anxiety and Depression
138
Procrastination Life Stress and Adjustment
148
Toward a Model of Procrastination and Poor Psychological
156
Summary and Future Research Directions
166
Procrastination and ObsessiveCompulsive Tendencies
173
General Conclusion
185

Conclusion
46
Measures of Everyday Procrastination
56
Adult Inventory of Procrastination AIP
63
Conclusion on Measures of Everyday Procrastination
69
Chapter 9
74
Treatment of Academic Procrastination
83
୯୯
88
Research
90
Chapter 5
97
General Conclusions Based on Studies 14
106
Implications for the Counseling of Trait Procrastinators
112
History of the Perfectionism Construct
116
Treatment of Academic Procrastination in College Students
187
General Treatment Philosophy Regarding CollegeStudent
196
The 10Session
204
Treating Adult and Atypical Procrastination
211
A Treatment Plan for Typical Adult Procrastination
217
An Often Overlooked Link
224
Family Treatment
232
Epilogue as Prologue
235
Conclusion
245
Index
265
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