Consistency of pupils' attributions regarding success and failure

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191 6th graders attending schools in 3 socioeconomic areas were asked to attribute to causes their success or failure on examinations administered in 3 subjects in the course of a trimester. The extent of consistency was measured between attributional patterns obtained from 2 tests in the same subject and between two tests in different subjects. Results show consistency in Ss' attributional patterns. It was found that consistency of attributional patterns was significantly greater when Ss received the same outcomes on the 2 tests (success or failure) than when different outcomes were received (success-failure or failure-success). (17 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104-110
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Educational Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1982


  • consistency of attributions regarding examination success vs failure, 6th graders from schools in upper-middle vs lower-middle vs lower class areas


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