Attitude Structure and Function

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Psychology Press, 1989 - Psychology - 462 pages
Utilizing "new wave" research including new psychological theories, new statistical techniques, and a stronger methodology, this collection unites a diversity of recent research perspectives on attitudes and the psychological functions of an attitude. The objective of the editors was to bring together the bits and pieces of validated data into one systematic and adequate set of general principles leading to the view of attitudes as predictions. As the volume reformulates old concepts, explores new angles, and seeks a relationship among various sub-areas, it also shows improvements in the sophistication of research designs and methodologies, the specifications of variables, and the precision in defining concepts.
 

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Contents

Why are Attitudes Important?
1
Implications
8
The Influence of Method
16
Social Cognition and Attitudes
30
The Structure of Individual Attitudes
37
Structure of Attitude Systems
44
Attitude Systems in Relation to Other
51
Indications for Future Work
57
The Utilitarian Function or Nonfunction
220
Attitude Structure and Behavior
241
Beliefs
247
Attitude Structure and
253
Summary and Conclusions
267
Concluding Comments Regarding
302
Operationalizing Functional Theories of Attitude
311
New Directions for Operationalizing
321

The Cognitive Representation of Attitudes
71
Attitudes and Episodic Memory
82
A Sociocognitive Model
89
The Structural Bases of Consistency Among
99
A Representational Model for the Evaluation
108
Some Empirical Support for These Speculations
116
Conclusion
123
Structure and Function
129
Early Support for
135
Flexible Functionalist Framework
146
Accessible Attitudes Guide
161
Accessible Attitudes Guide Behavior
167
Further Implications
174
y Attitudes Decisions and Habits
213
Future Directions in Functional Research
332
Different
345
Conclusion
356
A Functional Perspective
361
The Benefits and Costs of Beliefs
370
Need for Structure in Attitude
383
Need for Structure in Attitude Formation
398
Contemporary Attitude Research
416
Conclusions
422
Defining Attitude
429
Why Attitudes are Important
437
Subject Index
455
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