The Underlying Processes As To Why The Fundamental Attribution Error Is Reduced In Close Relationships

by Green, Sharin Palladino

Abstract (Summary)
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.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Miami University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:fundamental attribution error


Date of Publication:01/01/2003

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