Re: Constructs and attitudes

Tue, 25 Jun 1996 10:12:03 +0200 (METDST)

Dear Linsay,

several years ago I used repgrids to measure attitudes and individual
attitude structures. This research was based von Fishbein & Ajzen's
theory and personal construct theory. In this theory attitudes are a
function of beliefs about an attitude object (constructions in PCT)
and evaluation of these beliefs (constructions about constructs in
PCT). The attitude measures derived from repgrid correlate strongly
with standard attitude measures (e.g., global ratings).

I think, that attitudes, if we use F&A's conceptualization, can be
easily reconstructed in PCT terms. The basic question, however, is
whether we gain anything from this reconstruction. Fishbein & Ajzens's
theory links attitudes to (observable) behavior. From this theory
predictions about future behaviors in relation to an attitude object
can be derived. I doubt, that similar predictions can be made on the
basis of PCT alone.

Kind regards


Rainer Riemann Phone: <0>521 106 4529
Universitaet Bielefeld Fax: <0>521 106 5844
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