Sex Roles

, Volume 13, Issue 7–8, pp 441–461

Dispositional and situational moderators of female and male causal attributions

  • Vandra L. Huber
  • Phillip M. Podsakoff

DOI: 10.1007/BF00287954

Cite this article as:
Huber, V.L. & Podsakoff, P.M. Sex Roles (1985) 13: 441. doi:10.1007/BF00287954


To increase understanding of the relationships between gender and causal attributions, dispositional and situational variables were examined to determine if they affected causal attributions differently if the subjects were females or males. Four dispositional variables—locus of control, neuroticism, achievement motivation, and self-esteem—and five situational variables—expectancy of success, self-reported commitment, perceived productivity, perceived task complexity, and actual performance—were examined for their moderating effects on the gender-causal attributional relationships. The dispositional variables did not moderate any causal relationships. By comparison, four situational variables—performance, commitment, productivity, and complexity—moderated at least one of the gender-attribution relationships. It was concluded that more attention should be directed to the identification of situational moderators.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Vandra L. Huber
    • 1
  • Phillip M. Podsakoff
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Management, College of BusinessUniversity of UtahSalt Lake City
  2. 2.Indiana UniversityUSA

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