33 Preliminary Oregon Avocational Interest Scales (ORAIS)

 

Instructions:  Here are some things that people sometimes do.  Please indicate how frequently you have done each of them, using the following scale:  (1) Never in my life; (2) Not in the past year; (3) One or two times in the past year; (4) Three to ten times in the past year; (5) More than ten times in the past year.

 

 

 

(1) 

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1.

Listened to music on the radio.

О

О

О

О

О

  2.

Discussed religion or spirituality.

О

О

О

О

О

  3.

Used a computer.

О

О

О

О

О

  4.

Discussed sports.

О

О

О

О

О

  5.

Washed dishes.

О

О

О

О

О

  6.

Went running or jogging.

О

О

О

О

О

  7.

Attended a public lecture.

О

О

О

О

О

  8.

Took a trip.

О

О

О

О

О

  9.

Cared for a potted plant.

О

О

О

О

О

10.

Used a computer for social networking.

О

О

О

О

О

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) 

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

11.

Went on a picnic.

О

О

О

О

О

12.

Made an entry in a diary or journal.

О

О

О

О

О

13.

Had someone over for dinner.

О

О

О

О

О

14.

Played with a child.

О

О

О

О

О

15.

Read a news magazine.

О

О

О

О

О

16.

Obtained stock market prices.

О

О

О

О

О

17.

Tried something completely new.

О

О

О

О

О

18.

Signed a petition.

О

О

О

О

О

19.

Spent 10 minutes or more in a non-grocery store.

О

О

О

О

О

20.

Wrote a love letter.

О

О

О

О

О

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) 

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

21.

Worked on a crossword puzzle.

О

О

О

О

О

22.

Used public transportation.

О

О

О

О

О

23.

Ate dinner alone.

О

О

О

О

О

24.

Chewed gum.

О

О

О

О

О

25.

Watched television.

О

О

О

О

О

26.

Drove a car or truck.

О

О

О

О

О

27.

Drank beer or wine.

О

О

О

О

О

28.

Played with a pet animal.

О

О

О

О

О

29.

Spent more than 10 minutes thinking about what to wear.

О

О

О

О

О

30.

Watched an educational channel on TV.

О

О

О

О

О

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) 

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

31.

Worked on my collection.

О

О

О

О

О

32.

Listened to music while working.

О

О

О

О

О

33.

Prayed (not including blessings at meals).

О

О

О

О

О

34.

Sent a message by electronic mail (e-mail).

О

О

О

О

О

35.

Watched a televised sports event.

О

О

О

О

О

36.

Looked up a word in a dictionary.

О

О

О

О

О

37.

Played bingo for money.

О

О

О

О

О

38.

Made a bed.

О

О

О

О

О

39.

Lifted weights.

О

О

О

О

О

40.

Visited an art exhibition.

О

О

О

О

О

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) 

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

41.

Went sightseeing.

О

О

О

О

О

42.

Gardened.

О

О

О

О

О

43.

Read someone’s personal web-page.

О

О

О

О

О

44.

Went on a hike.

О

О

О

О

О

45.

Wrote a postcard.

О

О

О

О

О

46.

Went to a small party.

О

О

О

О

О

47.

Let a child win a game.

О

О

О

О

О

48.

Read the editorial page of a newspaper.

О

О

О

О

О

49.

Went to the movies alone.

О

О

О

О

О

50.

Produced a work of art.

О

О

О

О

О

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) 

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

51.

Attended a rally or demonstration.

О

О

О

О

О

52.

Fed a pet animal.

О

О

О

О

О

53.

Went on a date.

О

О

О

О

О

54.

Worked on a jigsaw puzzle.

О

О

О

О

О

55.

Composted food scraps or yard waste.

О

О

О

О

О

56.

Read a book on a financial topic.

О

О

О

О

О

57.

Ate candy.

О

О

О

О

О

58.

Watched television news.

О

О

О

О

О

59.

Rode a motorcycle.

О

О

О

О

О

60.

Surfed the Internet.

О

О

О

О

О

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) 

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

61.

Spent an hour or more in a non-grocery store.

О

О

О

О

О

62.

Drank whiskey, vodka, gin, or other hard liquor.

О

О

О

О

О

63.

Read a self-help book.

О

О

О

О

О

64.

Bought something for my collection.

О

О

О

О

О

65.

Downloaded music from the Internet.

О

О

О

О

О

66.

Read the Bible or other sacred text.

О

О

О

О

О

67.

Spent more than an hour thinking about what to wear.

О

О

О

О

О

68.

Attended an athletic event.

О

О

О

О

О

69.

Gambled with cards or dice.

О

О

О

О

О

70.

Cleaned the house.

О

О

О

О

О

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) 

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

71.

Used an exercise machine.

О

О

О

О

О

72.

Visited a museum.

О

О

О

О

О

73.

Took travel photographs.

О

О

О

О

О

74.

Did yard work.

О

О

О

О

О

75.

Made an entry on a personal web-page.

О

О

О

О

О

76.

Walked on a beach.

О

О

О

О

О

77.

Wrote a handwritten letter.

О

О

О

О

О

78.

Went to a large party.

О

О

О

О

О

79.

Took a child on an outing.

О

О

О

О

О

80.

Read news on the Internet.

О

О

О

О

О

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) 

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

81.

Bought or sold stocks or bonds.

О

О

О

О

О

82.

Wrote poetry.

О

О

О

О

О

83.

Donated money to charity.

О

О

О

О

О

84.

Cared for a pet animal.

О

О

О

О

О

85.

Went dancing.

О

О

О

О

О

86.

Played cards.

О

О

О

О

О

87.

Walked or rode a bicycle to work.

О

О

О

О

О

88.

Went to a concert or theater alone.

О

О

О

О

О

89.

Traded something in my collection.

О

О

О

О

О

90.

Watched a television soap opera

О

О

О

О

О

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) 

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

91.

Read a car magazine or book.

О

О

О

О

О

92.

Drank in a bar or night club.

О

О

О

О

О

93.

Played a computer game.

О

О

О

О

О

94.

Read a fashion-related magazine.

О

О

О

О

О

95.

Bought a self-help book.

О

О

О

О

О

96.

Ate in a restaurant.

О

О

О

О

О

97.

Traded music with a friend.

О

О

О

О

О

98.

Gave a blessing at a meal.

О

О

О

О

О

99.

Bought something other than groceries.

О

О

О

О

О

100.

Played a team sport.

О

О

О

О

О

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) 

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

101.

Looked something up in an encyclopedia.

О

О

О

О

О

102.

Purchased a scratch ticket.

О

О

О

О

О

103.

Ironed linens or clothes.

О

О

О

О

О

104.

Exercised for 40 minutes or longer.

О

О

О

О

О

105.

Attended a ballet performance.

О

О

О

О

О

106.

Stayed in a hotel, motel, or resort.

О

О

О

О

О

107.

Planted or transplanted a plant.

О

О

О

О

О

108.

Participated in an online discussion group.

О

О

О

О

О

109.

Went swimming.

О

О

О

О

О

110.

Wrote a thank-you note.

О

О

О

О

О

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) 

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

111.

Planned a party.

О

О

О

О

О

112.

Served as a baby sitter.

О

О

О

О

О

113.

Read a book.

О

О

О

О

О

114.

Bought or sold real estate.

О

О

О

О

О

115.

Acted in a play.

О

О

О

О

О

116.

Donated money to a political campaign or cause.

О

О

О

О

О

117.

Bathed or groomed a pet animal.

О

О

О

О

О

118.

Dined by candle light.

О

О

О

О

О

119.

Played a board game.

О

О

О

О

О

120.

Changed a habit to have less impact on the environment.

О

О

О

О

О

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) 

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

121.

Chose to spend a day by myself.

О

О

О

О

О

122.

Ordered food to be delivered.

О

О

О

О

О

123.

Watched a television talk show.

О

О

О

О

О

124.

Bought a car, truck, or motorcycle.

О

О

О

О

О

125.

Became intoxicated.

О

О

О

О

О

126.

Checked the sales ads in a newspaper.

О

О

О

О

О

127.

Read a fashion-related book.

О

О

О

О

О

128.

Studied some subject.

О

О

О

О

О

129.

Did aerobic exercise.

О

О

О

О

О

130.

Purchased a musical album.

О

О

О

О

О

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) 

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

131.

Attended a church or religious service.

О

О

О

О

О

132.

Looked up information on the Internet.

О

О

О

О

О

133.

Played basketball.

О

О

О

О

О

134.

Gambled on a slot machine or video poker game.

О

О

О

О

О

135.

Cooked a meal.

О

О

О

О

О

136.

Read a book about the things that I collect.

О

О

О

О

О

137.

Attended an opera or a concert.

О

О

О

О

О

138.

Traveled by train or plane.

О

О

О

О

О

139.

Bought or picked flowers.

О

О

О

О

О

140.

Read a story to a child.

О

О

О

О

О

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) 

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

141.

Went backpacking or camping.

О

О

О

О

О

142.

Put pictures in a photo album.

О

О

О

О

О

143.

Entertained six or more people.

О

О

О

О

О

144.

Volunteered for a club or organization.

О

О

О

О

О

145.

Read poetry.

О

О

О

О

О

146.

Purchased a commodity as an investment.

О

О

О

О

О

147.

Painted a picture.

О

О

О

О

О

148.

Used instant messaging to chat online.

О

О

О

О

О

149.

Purchased a pet animal.

О

О

О

О

О

150.

Attended a formal dance.

О

О

О

О

О

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) 

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

151.

Played chess or checkers.

О

О

О

О

О

152.

Used both sides of a piece of paper before discarding it.

О

О

О

О

О

153.

Went on a trip by myself.

О

О

О

О

О

154.

Ate food while walking or working.

О

О

О

О

О

155.

Watched a television reality show.

О

О

О

О

О

156.

Raced a car, truck, or motorcycle.

О

О

О

О

О

157.

Had a hangover.

О

О

О

О

О

158.

Read newspaper ads for non-grocery items.

О

О

О

О

О

159.

Bought a fashionable item of clothing.

О

О

О

О

О

160.

Learned a new skill.

О

О

О

О

О

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) 

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

161.

Bought a book about the things that I collect.

О

О

О

О

О

162.

Shopped in a music store.

О

О

О

О

О

163.

Listened to a religious program on the radio or TV.

О

О

О

О

О

164.

Wrote computer source code or scripts.

О

О

О

О

О

165.

Played tennis or golf.

О

О

О

О

О

166.

Went to a casino.

О

О

О

О

О

167.

Baked a cake, pie, cookies, or bread.

О

О

О

О

О

168.

Did yoga or other movement exercises.

О

О

О

О

О

169.

Attended a stage play or musical.

О

О

О

О

О

170.

Went on a cruise or tour.

О

О

О

О

О

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) 

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

171.

Bought plants for a garden or yard.

О

О

О

О

О

172.

Used an online dating web-site.

О

О

О

О

О

173.

Went boating or rafting.

О

О

О

О

О

174.

Worked on a scrap book.

О

О

О

О

О

175.

Read the comics to a child.

О

О

О

О

О

176.

Bought a book.

О

О

О

О

О

177.

Worked on a retirement plan.

О

О

О

О

О

178.

Played a musical instrument.

О

О

О

О

О

179.

Shopped on the web.

О

О

О

О

О

180.

Participated in an animal show.

О

О

О

О

О

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) 

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

181.

Wore formal clothing.

О

О

О

О

О

182.

Learned a new board or card game.

О

О

О

О

О

183.

Read music-related news.

О

О

О

О

О

184.

Spent an entire vacation by myself.

О

О

О

О

О

185.

Ate too much.

О

О

О

О

О

186.

Recorded a television program.

О

О

О

О

О

187.

Drank alcohol during working hours.

О

О

О

О

О

188.

Attended a town meeting.

О

О

О

О

О

189.

Examined the clothing categories on eBay.

О

О

О

О

О

190.

Enrolled in a course of study.

О

О

О

О

О

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) 

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

191.

Knitted, quilted, sewed, or crocheted.

О

О

О

О

О

192.

Picked up litter.

О

О

О

О

О

193.

Read a book about religion or spirituality.

О

О

О

О

О

194.

Went fishing or hunting.

О

О

О

О

О

195.

Went online to chat with other collectors.

О

О

О

О

О

196.

Participated in an exercise program.

О

О

О

О

О

197.

Read a book about some artistic topic.

О

О

О

О

О

198.

Bet money on a sports event.

О

О

О

О

О

199.

Read in bed before going to sleep.

О

О

О

О

О

200.

Sang or played an instrument in public.

О

О

О

О

О

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) 

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

201.

Wrote a letter to a newspaper or politician.

О

О

О

О

О

202.

Had a blind date.

О

О

О

О

О

203.

Recycled one or more items.

О

О

О

О

О

204.

Ate or drank while driving.

О

О

О

О

О

205.

Watched too much television.

О

О

О

О

О

206.

Used eBay to buy or sell something.

О

О

О

О

О

207.

Used an mp3 player or Ipod.

О

О

О

О

О

208.

Visited a public library.

О

О

О

О

О

209.

Read an entire book in one sitting.

О

О

О

О

О

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For further information about the ORAIS scales, see the chapter by Goldberg (2010).
 
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