Young Adult Routines Inventory (YARI): Development and Initial Validation

Morgan Grinnell, Department of Psychology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA USA.
Jennifer Piscitello, Center for Children and Families, Florida International University, Academic Health Center 1, 11200 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33129 USA.
Mary Lou Kelley, Department of Psychology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA USA.


Young adulthood is characterized by important life transitions (e.g., college, employment, relocation, marriage), where time management skills and routines help promote positive adjustment. Routines are observable, repetitive behavior that are context specific and automate aspects of daily life (e.g., personal hygiene, health, occupational, academic). Although measures of routines exist for children, adolescents, and older adults, similar measures assessing young adult routines are lacking. The purpose of this study was to develop and initially validate The Young Adult Routines Inventory (YARI). Analyses revealed a four-factor measure reflecting daily routines, social routines, time management, and procrastination. The YARI demonstrates good internal consistency, construct, and convergent validity, and was positively correlated with measures of emotional well-being and perceived life satisfaction. The YARI was negatively correlated with self-reported symptoms of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and successfully distinguished individuals with and without ADHD symptomatology. Preliminary evidence suggests the YARI is a promising measure of young adult routines.