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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