Abstract

The effects of race and gender on boredom proneness (BP) (Farmer & Sundberg, 1986) were investigated in a sample of 381 undergraduates. The results indicated that Blacks (N = 202) were significantly more boredom-prone than Whites (N = 176). In addition, Black females were found to possess the highest level of boredom proneness, followed by Black males, White males, and White females. No significant gender differences or race by gender interactions were found on the BP scale. The findings of the present study suggest that more research is needed that examines the influence of race on boredom proneness, as well as how race may mediate the relationship between boredom proneness and its correlates (e.g., substance abuse, depression, low academic achievement).