June 1989
Social Behavior & Personality: an international journal;1989, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p9
Academic Journal
LaPiere's (1934) seminal research into the attitude-behavior relationship has been commonly misinterpreted as pointing out a discrepancy between attitudes and behavior. in fact, the actual discrepancy uncovered was between true attitudes -- the tendency to act in a certain way -- and that which is measured by an attitude questionnaire. LaPiere's primary concern was to point out the danger of assuming that questionnaire-assessed "attitudes" lead to actual behavior in specific situations. The present paper theoretically and methodologically critiques LaPiere's classic study.


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