ERIC Number: ED095572
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
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Fatalism and Type of Information Sensitivity.
Nielsen, Richard P.; Nielsen, Angela B.
Fatalism as measured by Rotter's internal-external locus of control scale is the degree to which a person generally believes that events affecting his life are largely determined by other forces rather than by his own efforts. The purpose of this paper is to examine behavioral science theory concerning fatalism, and develop and test which types of benefit explanation information are more effective in forming positive attitudes among high fatalists towards attitude objects. This paper attempts to demonstrate that under certain information stimuli conditions, the conclusions of several authors quoted concerning the role of communications in causing positive responses among fatalists should be modified. When the immediate and/or individual benefits of an attitude object are explained to high fatalists, they respond more to such information content across subjects of communication then to exhortation, reward enumeration, future reward explanation, or to society reward explanation. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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