Belief in luck and luckiness: Conceptual clarification and new measure validation

Edmund R. Thompson*, Gerard P PRENDERGAST

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    Research on the dimensionality and measurement of luck beliefs has yet to produce a clear conceptual and metrical consensus. This research theorizes a bidimensional model of luck beliefs that is tested through a series of studies (total n=1205) validating the new Belief in Luck and Luckiness Scale. Unlike existing conceptualizations and measures, this new model is applicable to both believers and non-believers in luck, and reveals belief in luck and personal luckiness to be discrete, uncorrelated, and respectively unidimensional constructs.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)501-506
    Number of pages6
    JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Psychology(all)

    User-Defined Keywords

    • Belief in luck
    • Conceptualization
    • Luckiness
    • Measurement
    • Personality
    • Scale validation

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