An Attributional Theory of Motivation and Emotion

  • Bernard Weiner

Part of the SSSP Springer Series in Social Psychology book series (SSSOC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Principles for a Theory of Motivation

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      Pages 1-17
  3. The Components of the Theory

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      Pages 19-19
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      Pages 21-42
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      Pages 43-78
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      Pages 79-116
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  4. The Structure of the Theory

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 277-306

About this book


For a long time I have had the gnawing desire to convey the broad motivational sig­ nificance of the attributional conception that I have espoused and to present fully the argument that this framework has earned a rightful place alongside other leading theories of motivation. Furthermore, recent investigations have yielded insights into the attributional determinants of affect, thus providing the impetus to embark upon a detailed discussion of emotion and to elucidate the relation between emotion and motivation from an attributional perspective. The presentation of a unified theory of motivation and emotion is the goal of this book. My more specific aims in the chapters to follow are to: 1) Outline the basic princi­ ples that I believe characterize an adequate theory of motivation; 2) Convey what I perceive to be the conceptual contributions of the perspective advocated by my col­ leagues and me; 3) Summarize the empirical relations, reach some definitive con­ clusions, and point out the more equivocal empirical associations based on hypotheses derived from our particular attribution theory; and 4) Clarify questions that have been raised about this conception and provide new material for still further scrutiny. In so doing, the building blocks (if any) laid down by the attributional con­ ception will be readily identified and unknown juries of present and future peers can then better determine the value of this scientific product.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Bernard Weiner
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-9370-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-4948-1
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