ERIC Number: ED190949
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
The Attribution Cube and Judgments of Morality.
Mitchell, Thomas E.
Kelley's cube model of attributions (1967) can be applied to moral judgments to predict how individuals arrive at attributions concerning dispositional or environmental causes. The relative contributions of the three dimensions of Kelley's cube to attributions of morality and trustworthiness were tested by presenting 37 male and 77 female subjects with consistency, distinctiveness, and consensus information regarding a stimulus person's conformity or nonconformity to one of four moral standards. Subjects then indicated the morality of the stimulus person and how certain they were he would conform to the particular standard under consideration in the future. Results indicate that distinctiveness and consistency information interact in such a way that distinctiveness information is more important in making attributions to general morality while consistency information contributes most to predictions of future conformity to a particular moral norm. Subjects' failure to use consensus information suggests that normative data is underutilized in attributing dispositional characteristics. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Cube Model of Attributions (Kelley)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (26th, Washington, DC, March 26-29, 1980). Best copy available.