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Revista Brasileira de Orientação Profissional

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COSCIONI, Vinicius et al. Future time perspective: Theories, constructs, and instruments. Rev. bras. orientac. prof [online]. 2020, vol.21, n.2, pp. 215-232. ISSN 1984-7270.

This theoretical study presents the main theories, constructs, and instruments used in international literature on future temporal perspective (FTP). The review indicated two theoretical approaches about the theme. The athematic approaches highlight a general tendency that guides psychological processes associated with future, in order to investigate FTP with psychometric scales with items not associated with specific contents. The thematic approaches focus on the anticipations of psychological future in present and investigate future representations and their cognitive, dynamic, affective, and behavioral aspects. Assessment methods include psychometric scales associated with life domains or instruments in which FTP content is listed inductively. The two approaches are not exclusive, but complementary.

Keywords : future time perspective; future orientation; psychological constructs; psychological instruments.

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