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Transcendental Future Time Perspective Scale (TFTPS)

Title of the Portuguese Version

Escala da Perspetiva de Futuro Transcendental

Original Version

Boyd, J., & Zimbardo, P. (1997)

Portuguese Version

Ortuño, V., Paixão, M. P. & Janeiro, I. (2011)

General Description

This instrument was created by Boyd & Zimbardo (1997) in order to assess individuals’ attitudes and beliefs regarding the future immediately following the imagined death of the physical body or, as the authors name it, the Transcendental Future Time Perspective. It’s a one-dimensional scale that comprises 10 items (using a 5-point Likert scale) such as: “Only my physical body will ever die” or “I believe in spirits”. In the Portuguese version, the correlation of TFTPS scores between the first and second moment (one year interval) was .87 (p < .01), score that was almost identical to the .86 value presented by Boyd & Zimbardo (1997) in a four week interval. Targeted population: adolescents and adults.

  • Ortuño, V. (2014). Time perspective stability: Studies with an multidimensional model in the university context. Dissertação de Doutoramento não publicada. Faculdade de Psicologia e de Ciências da Educação da Universidade de Coimbra. http://hdl.handle.net/10316/47449


Victor Ortuño – victortuno@gmail.com

Maria Paula Paixão – mppaixao@fpce.uc.pt