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This ebook summarizes theoretical and empirical paintings that used to be played in a large-scale, cross-university learn undertaking at the dating among attitudes and behaviour. the complete software has been funded by way of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), an establishment that operates equally to the yank nationwide technological know-how starting place. In 1981 the DFGruled to unencumber the venture for a five-year interval with the choice to increase if th~ extension notion may recommend an enormous alteration of analysis targets. The members are shortly within the degree of transition among the 1st five-year allotment and the granted extension. We think that this is often the main opportune time to summarize the improvement of the undertaking for a world viewers. formerly merely scattered courses have existed. This booklet is greater than only a compilation of formerly released effects. really, it's the unique contributions and a considerable proportion of newly released empirical effects that warrantly an up to date exposition of the whole application. the final target of the examine workforce is to accomplish simple examine achieve motives for the relationships among angle and behaviour and to enhance the predictability of present predictor versions. In pursuing this aim we're not essentially attracted to the speedy technique of redefining predictor variables in the framework of the overall linear statistical version. really, we emphasize cognitive methods and buildings that predispose a person's habit, that accompany habit, or that adjust because of earlier behavior.

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Not denying the strong social influences on the formation and change of attitudes, this concept demands the development of theories and essential parts of their empirical testing to be aimed at the experiences and behaviors of the single individual. Since the single subject is the unit of all empirical analyses in this chapter the question of the reliability of the data becomes important and will therefore be treated in some detail. The component theory of attitude objects assumes that every object can be understood as a set of components, attributed by the individual to the attitude object.

K categories for a component, written as indices such as a10 ab ... , b 10 bb .... Different components may have differing numbers of categories. A component, being connected with an object in the form of a specific category, is evaluated by the individual. The evaluation e(ak) of category k of component a may again be dichotomous, qualitative, or naturally ordered, written as eJ, ... , e", The categories of the evaluative statements may differ qualitatively and in number from the categories as forms of components.

Mter this they were asked to evaluate each component with regard to each area. " Finally, the ratings of global similarity were repeated. As in the first session, each pair was presented three times. Results Since the approach of the component model deals with intraindividual attitude structures, and therefore each analysis must be performed for each S separately, high individual reliability is required to test the model. In the case of similarity judgments a measure of reliability can be computed over six replications (three at the first session and three at the second session).

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