What is an attitude? How do different research approaches characterise 'attitude' and its applications in social psychology?

The Attitude concept has long formed an indispensable construct in social psychology. In this volume, internationally renowned contributors review contemporary developments in research and theory to capture the current metamorphosis of this central concept.

This book draws together the latest developments in the field to provide a scholarly and accessible overview of the study of attitudes, examining the implications for its position as a paradigm of social psychological understanding. Dividing the subject into two main parts, this book first addresses the structural and behavioural properties of attitudes, including the affective-cognitive structure of attitudes, the nature of attitude ambivalence and intention-behaviour relations. The second section focuses on representational and transformational processes, such as meta-cognitive attitudinal processes, the role of implicit and explicit attitudinal processes, cultural influences and attitude change. In a third, concluding section, the editors draw together these contemporary perspectives and elaborate on their impact for future theorising and research into attitudes.

Empirically supported throughout, this collection represents a timely integration of the burgeoning range of approaches to attitude research. It will be of interest to social psychologists, sociologists, political scientists and researchers with an interest in attitudinal phenomena.

part |2 pages

Part I Attitudes, attitude properties, and behavior

chapter 1|26 pages

The function-structure model of attitudes

Incorporating the need for affect

chapter 7|24 pages

Intention–behavior relations

A self-regulation perspective

chapter 8|34 pages

An alternative view of pre-volitional processes in decision making

Conceptual issues and empirical evidence

part |2 pages

Part II Attitude awareness, attitude representations, and change

chapter 9|22 pages

Self-validation processes

The role of thought confidence in persuasion

chapter 12|24 pages

The relationship between implicit attitudes and behavior

Some lessons from the past, and directions for the future

chapter 14|20 pages

Putting Humpty together again

Attitude organization from a connectionist perspective

chapter 16|24 pages

Investigating attitudes cross-culturally

A case of cognitive dissonance among East Asians and North Americans

part |2 pages

Part III Some final thoughts

chapter 18|29 pages

Theories of attitude

Creating a witches’ brew