ERIC Number: ED264307
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Publication Date: 1985-Mar
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Component Structure of the Attribution Style Questionnaire.
Huckel, Lorraine H.; Velicer, Wayne F.
The Attribution Style Questionnaire (ASQ) is a short (36-item) objective inventory which assesses cognitions regarding responsibility for bad and good outcomes relevant to cognitive models of depression. Three alternative scoring systems have been proposed; no scoring system has been empirically verified. Convergent and discriminant validity have been demonstrated. In the present study, data from a mixed-sex sample group of 328 volunteer subjects were employed to assess the internal validity of the ASQ and to determine which of the proposed scoring systems, if any, is empirically supported. A principal components analysis resulted in two clearly interpretable components. The first component was comprised of internality, stability, and globality ratings for good outcomes (Good Composite); the second component was comprised of internality, stability, and globality ratings for bad outcomes (Bad Composite). Results generally corroborate the proposed two-dimensional structure and scoring system. However, internal consistency is only moderate and response biases appear to be inadequately controlled. Contrary to the pivotal role theoretically attributed to perceived internality for negative outcomes, internality attributions do not substantially contribute to the empirically derived Bad Composite scale. (Author)
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Attribution Style Questionnaire