Attitudes and Related Psychosocial Constructs: Theories, Assessment, and Research

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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.

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A textbook for a one-semester or one-quarter upper-division college course on attitudes and associated constructs, but also suitable as a supplementary text for courses on other areas of psychology. Most of the chapters append representative questionnaires, inventories, and scales to assess the particular attitudes and related psychosocial constructs described in the chapter. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"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
APA - Andrew Christopher
"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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761924524
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/19/2002
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Lewis R. Aiken received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He subsequently taught at UNC-Greensboro, where he was also Director of Admissions and Placement Research. Other teaching appointments have included Guilford College (where he was Dana Professor of Psychology and Department Chair), UCLA, the University for Teacher Education in Tehran, University of the Pacific, and Pepperdine University. He has received numerous awards, including an NAS-NRC Postdoctoral Resident Research Associateship (U.S. Navy Research Laboratory and San Diego State University), a U.S.O.E. Postdoctoral Fellowship (Stanford University and the University of Georgia), and a Fulbright research /lectureship. Dr. Aiken has also served as a consultant for numerous educational, governmental, health, and industrial organizations and has worked in many different educational, clinical/counseling, research, and business situations. His research interests are in psychological assessment and social and personality psychology, and he has published books on psychological and educational assessment, personality, adult development and aging, death and dying, and general psychology. His popular textbook Psychological Testing & Assessment remains a best-seller in its field, having recently entered a tenth edition.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Definitions, History, and Behavior Prediction 1
2 Assessment Methods and Instruments 23
3 Attitude Formation and Change 53
4 Social Prejudice and Discrimination 79
5 Living Conditions and Problems 107
6 Natural and Unnatural Death 135
7 Schools, Subjects, and Students 159
8 Work, Leisure, and Retirement 183
9 Politics, Religion, and Morality 209
App. A Suppliers of Psychosocial Assessment Instruments 235
App. B Recommendations for Constructing and Administering Questionnaires 238
Glossary 243
References 263
Author Index 301
Subject Index 314
About the Author 319
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