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University of Alberta
Physical Education and Sport
John Dunn

Oct 24 – Attribution Theory Attribution theory examines various factors upon which people attribute success and failure Attributional Categories/Dimensions 1.) Stability of conditions – stability of the factor to which success and failure is attributed. We are talking about day to day stability. Something that is stable is something that is stable over a day to day level. Is it stable or unstable? 2.) Locus of causality – what is the causal factor and where is it located? Is it internal or external? 3.) Locus of control – to what extent can the individual control the factor that is being blamed for failure or attributed for success? Can I control it or not? Weiner’s Original 2-Dimensional Model an internal locus of causality and a stable characteristic is ability ability resides within us and what we possess. It is relatively stable on a day to day basis. If we attribute success or failure to ability, we are taking ownership of the success or failure An external locus of causality and stable characteristic is task difficulty (same task). The difficulty of running a mile today or tomorrow is similar. The degree of the task should be similar on a day to day basis (making it stable) An external locus of causality and an unstable stability characteristic is luck. Luck is outside of your control. It changes from day to day. People who attribute their success to luck or who attribute failure to luck aren’t taking much responsibility for their failure or success An internal locus of causality and is unstable characteristic is effort. It fluctuates but it entirely resides in you. It is your choice of how much effort you choose to give Sport Application of Weiner’s Original 2-Dimensional Model If asked a question on attribution theory, we need to know how someone is interpreting the situation Ability, traits/personality (don't change overnight and are pretty stable), physical conditioning are things that have a internal locus of causality and are stable If you say you failed because of fitness, you are blaming it on yourself Opponent ability (relatively stable), coaching style, and rule of the game have an external locus of causality and are stable Saying the opponent is better than you is an honest answer when you fail physical health (injury), coach behaviours (their behaviours change), teammate effort (external and beyond you and unstable), weather, field/ice conditions, and officiating have an external locus of causality and are unstable physical health (booze), personal effort, mental prep, and psychological factors have an internal locus of causality and are unstable when we say so and so wasn’t trying to
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