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Validation of feeling, belief, and intention to act as three components of attitude and their contribution to prediction of contraceptive behavior

Validation of feeling, belief, and intention to act as three components of attitude and their... Independently constructed 4 verbal measures for each of 3 possible attitude components (feeling, belief, and intention to act), using the techniques of thurstone equal-appearing intervals, likert summated ratings, guttman scalogram analysis, and guilford self-rating. The scales were developed using 2 samples of 36 users and 36 nonusers of contraceptives among low-income negro women. Administration of these 12 scales on 50 users and 50 nonusers yielded a 12 * 12 multitrait-multimethod correlational matrix. Factor analyses of this matrix yielded 3 factors feeling, belief, and intention to act. Results of a stepwise discriminant analysis of the components indicate that the intention-to-act was a better predictor of actual contraceptive behavior than either the feeling or the belief measures. Implications for attitude structure and educational programs are considered. (31 ref.) http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Personality and Social Psychology American Psychological Association

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Publisher
American Psychological Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1971 American Psychological Association
ISSN
0022-3514
eISSN
1939-1315
DOI
10.1037/h0031448
Publisher site
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Abstract

Independently constructed 4 verbal measures for each of 3 possible attitude components (feeling, belief, and intention to act), using the techniques of thurstone equal-appearing intervals, likert summated ratings, guttman scalogram analysis, and guilford self-rating. The scales were developed using 2 samples of 36 users and 36 nonusers of contraceptives among low-income negro women. Administration of these 12 scales on 50 users and 50 nonusers yielded a 12 * 12 multitrait-multimethod correlational matrix. Factor analyses of this matrix yielded 3 factors feeling, belief, and intention to act. Results of a stepwise discriminant analysis of the components indicate that the intention-to-act was a better predictor of actual contraceptive behavior than either the feeling or the belief measures. Implications for attitude structure and educational programs are considered. (31 ref.)

Journal

Journal of Personality and Social PsychologyAmerican Psychological Association

Published: Sep 1, 1971

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