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Then A Miracle OccursFocusing on Behavior in Social Psychological Theory and Research$
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Christopher R. Agnew, Donal E. Carlston, William G. Graziano, and Janice R. Kelly

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195377798

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377798.001.0001

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Personality, Demographics, and Self-Reported Behavioral Acts: The Development of Avocational Interest Scales from Estimates of the Amount of Time Spent in Interest-Related Activities

Personality, Demographics, and Self-Reported Behavioral Acts: The Development of Avocational Interest Scales from Estimates of the Amount of Time Spent in Interest-Related Activities

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(p.205) 11 Personality, Demographics, and Self-Reported Behavioral Acts: The Development of Avocational Interest Scales from Estimates of the Amount of Time Spent in Interest-Related Activities
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Then A Miracle Occurs
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Lewis R. Goldberg

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377798.003.0011

In this chapter, the author notes that it is one thing to develop a new measure of some individual difference; it is another to establish its utility as a predictor of important human behaviors. The author shows very explicitly that who you are indeed affects what you do in everyday life. Clearly vocational interest patterns have proven their worth over the years. What about avocational interests, as measured by self-reports of the relative frequency of individuals’ engagement in various interest-related activities? The author presents a survey of behavioral act frequencies for a wide-ranging array of daily activities in a community wide sample. These provide the basic data from which to assess important individual differences in lifestyles. Such patterns of lifestyle differences, then, might ultimately be useful as criteria.

Keywords:   avocational interests, behavior, lifestyle, measurement, personality, social psychology

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