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“ATTITUDES VERSUS ACTIONS“: LAPIERE'S (1934) CLASSIC STUDY REVISITED

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LaPiere's (1934) seminal research into the attitude-behavior relationship has been commonly misinterpreted as pointing out a discrepancy between attitudes and behavior. In fact, the actual discrepancy uncovered was between true attitudes – the tendency to act in a certain way – and that which is measured by an attitude questionnaire. LaPiere's primary concern was to point out the danger of assuming that questionnaire-assessed “attitudes” lead to actual behavior in specific situations. The present paper theoretically and methodologically critiques LaPiere's classic study.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1989.17.1.9

Publication date: January 1, 1989

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