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    Gloomy but smart - the academic consequences of attributional style

    Houston, Diane (1994) Gloomy but smart - the academic consequences of attributional style. British Journal of Social Psychology 33 (4), pp. 433-441. ISSN 0144-6665.

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    The social psychological literature concerning the relationship between attribution and performance has documented the detrimental effects of particular types of attributional pattern on performance, expectancies and mood. The present paper reports three studies in which there was a consistent relationship between attributional style and actual performance. Undergraduate students who tended to attribute achievement-orientated failure to stable, and to some extent global, causes actually performed well on subsequent academic and ability tasks. These findings are new and constitute a challenge to the prevailing assumptions in the literature.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2009 13:28
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:27


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