This unusual volume begins with a historical overview of the growth of attribution theory, setting the stage for the three broad domains of application that are addressed in the remainder of the book. These include applications to: achievement strivings in the classroom and the sports domain; issues of mental health such as analyses of stress and coping and interpretations of psychotherapy; and personal and business conflict such as buyer- seller disagreement, marital discord, dissension in the workplace, and international strife.
Because the chapters in Attribution Theory are more research-based than practice- oriented, this book will be of great interest and value to an audience of applied psychologists.
Table of Contents
Contents: B. Weiner, Searching for the Roots of Applied Attribution Theory. Part I:Applications to Achievement. S. Graham, Communicating Low Ability in the Classroom: Bad Things Good Teachers Sometimes Do. E. McAuley, T.E. Duncan, The Causal Attribution Process in Sport and Physical Activity. C. Peterson, Explanatory Style in the Classroom and on the Playing Field. Part II:Applications to Mental Health. J.H. Amirkhan, Applying Attribution Theory to the Study of Stress and Coping. S.R. L pez, B.H. Wolkenstein, Attributions, Person Perception, and Clinical Issues. F. F rsterling, Attributional Therapies. Part III:Applications to Conflict in Interpersonal and Intergroup Relationships. V.S. Folkes, Conflict in the Marketplace: Explaining Why Products Fail. F.D. Fincham, T.N. Bradbury, J.H. Grych, Conflict in Close Relationships: The Role of Intrapersonal Phenomena. R.A. Baron, Attributions and Organizational Conflict. H. Betancourt, An Attributional Approach to Intergroup and International Conflict.
"...a strong affirmation of Weiner's impactful ideas that have been focused on attributional consequences and on dimensions of perceived causality. As this volume demonstrates well, Weiner's ideas have been applied with vigor and success....This breadth is impressive, and the research embodied in these applications appears to represent some of the most well-regarded theoretical work in these arenas."
—The Psychological Record
"During the past two decades, the interest in basic attribution processes has been paralleled by widespread interest in attributional applications. This volume is a useful survey of those applications and a fitting festschrift to Professor Weiner."
"This volume is one of only a few that truly attempt to narrow the boundaries between theory and application, and it accomplishes this task well."