ATTRIBUTIONAL STYLE MODERATES THE IMPACT OF CAUSAL CONTROLLABILITY INFORMATION ON HELPING BEHAVIOR

$39.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Buy Article:

Abstract:

The helping behavior of individuals with supportive (i.e., the tendency to view others' misfortunes as uncontrollable by the targets) and unsupportive (i.e., the tendency to view others' misfortunes as controllable by the targets) attributional styles was investigated in a natural setting, under conditions of high and low controllability of a target's need. Helping behavior was a function of the perceived controllability of the target's need for help and the helper's attributional style. While non-negligent targets were helped more than the negligent – supporting an attributional model of helping behavior (B. Weiner, 1980a, 1995) – the attributional style of potential helpers moderated that effect. Individuals with a supportive style helped a needy peer at the same rate irrespective of the controllability of the need. In contrast, unsupportive style individuals were very kind to the needy peer if the reason was legitimate, and highly neglectful if the peer was negligent. Thus, the causal structure of the situation was more influential in determining the behavior of unsupportive than supportive style respondents. The finding that attributional styles moderated helping reactions demonstrates that the attributional model of helping behavior is incomplete and that person variables must be considered in tandem with situational variables in attributional models of social behavior.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1999.27.3.221

Publication date: January 1, 1999

More about this publication?
Related content

Tools

Favourites

Share Content

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
ingentaconnect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more