Title

A Comparison of the Validity, Predictiveness and Consistency of a Trait Versus Situational Measure of Attributions

Document Type

Contribution to Book

Publication Date

1995

Publication Title

Attribution Theory

DOI

https://www.doi.org/10.4324/9781315137926-4

ISBN

9781315137926

Abstract

This chapter explores the issues of validity, predictiveness, and consistency of a trait versus situational measure of attributions. Before these types of instruments can be used in organizational settings to select employees and develop training programs, it is necessary to demonstrate their generalizability from research settings to organizational adoption. It is argued in this chapter that this adoption may be premature. Further research should be conducted and the measures refined before they are standardized for use in organizational settings. The results of this study do provide support for past research and show that these instruments do exhibit a relatively high degree of validity and consistency, but their predictive validity is questionable. The results also show that the use of both a general attributional style questionnaire and a situationally based measure can add insight into behavior and performance. The study suggests that both trait and situational measures should be used to predict behavior.

Comments

Copyright belongs to Taylor and Francis Group-St. Lucie Press

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