Abstract

A principal components factor analysis with a varimax rotation was computed on the responses from 201 African American undergraduate students on the Boredom Proneness Scale (BPS; Farmer and Sundberg, 1986). The results indicated that the BPS factor structure within our sample was generally congruent with earlier findings using white participants, although some notable differences were found to exist. Specifically, the discrepancies were primarily in the number of factors that were related to the BPS "subscales" of Internal and External Stimulation. The results offer support for the multidimensionality of the BPS within non-white samples, the validity of the "original" factors found in previous research, and the importance of investigating boredom proneness subscale scores and developing appropriate intervention strategies.