The Underlying Processes As To Why The Fundamental Attribution Error Is Reduced In Close Relationships
Three competing explanations (three-stage model of attribution, the use of relationship specific schemas, and other-serving bias) for why the fundamental attribution error (FAE) is reduced in close relationships were examined. Experiment 1 found some support consistent with the three-stage model and the other-serving bias as explanations for the reduction of the FAE in close relationships. Experiment 2 examined the same variables but addressed a confound resulting from the use of different scenarios for different targets. Relationship satisfaction was also assessed in Experiment 2. Similar to Experiment 1, Experiment 2 found support for the other-serving bias. In addition, for those high in relationship satisfaction, dispositional ratings made for negative scenarios were significantly greater when the target was a stranger than when the target was a significant other. Implications of these findings are discussed.
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:fundamental attribution error
Date of Publication:01/01/2003