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Attitudes and Related Psychosocial Constructs

Attitudes and Related Psychosocial Constructs
Theories, Assessment, and Research

Attitudes | Persuasion

February 2002 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"I would find this book a tempting alternative to my current text for two reasons: its coverage of more recent research and theorizing… and its focus on applications of attitude measurement and survey research to a number of very important practical issues."

— RICHARD HARRIS, University of New Mexico

Attitudes have a major impact on behavior and one's ability to manage and adapt to change while also influencing the behavior of others. This text provides a compact but comprehensive research-oriented treatment of attitudes and related psychosocial constructs (values, opinions, beliefs, and personal orientations). It focuses on the meaning, measurement, and utility of attitudes in various applied settings, such as education or the workplace. The topics explored include social and personal matters such as prejudice and discrimination, illness and disability, death and dying, poverty and unemployment, conflict and violence, schools and teachers, work and retirement, and politics, religion, and morality. The book will prove valuable to both students and professionals who find themselves involved with measuring, evaluating, and modifying attitudes.

1. Definitions, History, & Behavior Prediction
2. Assessment Methods & Instruments
3. Attitude Formation & Change
4. Social Prejudice & Discrimination
5. Living Conditions & Problems
6. Natural & Unnatural Death
7. Schools, Subjects, & Students
8. Work, Leisure, & Retirement
9. Politics, Religion, & Morality

"The emphasis on application of attitudes to a variety of "real-world" issues is what makes this book particularly unique..The presentation of factors that influence measurement reliability is outstanding, as is discussion of ways to assess validity and standardize an instrument.. Aiken has succeeded in developing an informative and interesting book that makes attitudes accessible to students by positioning them in concrete, applied contexts." 

Andrew Christopher
Contemporary Psychology APA Review of Books
Key features
  • Three introductory chapters provide foundational content (covering definitional, historical, assessment, and theoretical matters) for the more applied chapters that follow.
  • Numerous examples and applications ground the discussion in real-life concerns.
  • Key terms are bolded when first introduced and defined in an end-of-book glossary to help students grasp key concepts and terms, and each chapter provides recommended readings for students and researchers seeking more in-depth treatment of specific topics.
  • Appendices describe a wide range of procedures and instruments for assessing attitudes in educational, occupational, clinical, and societal contexts to provide invaluable resources for students conducting research and professionals working in applied settings.

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