Predicting Attendance at Peer-Assisted Study Sessions for Statistics: Role Identity and the Theory of Planned Behavior

White, Katherine M., Thomas, Ian C., Johnston, Kim L., & Hyde, Melissa K. (2008) Predicting Attendance at Peer-Assisted Study Sessions for Statistics: Role Identity and the Theory of Planned Behavior. Journal of Social Psychology, 148(4), pp. 473-491.


Using a prospective study of 77 1st-year psychology students' voluntary attendance at peer-assisted study sessions for statistics, the authors tested the addition of role identity to the theory of planned behavior. The authors used a revised set of role-identity items to capture both the personal aspects and the social aspects of role identity within a specific behavioral context. At the commencement of the semester, the authors assessed the students’ attitudes, subjective norm, perceived behavioral control, role identity, and intention. The authors examined students' class attendance records 3 months later. Attitudes and perceived behavioral control predicted intention with intention as the sole predictor of attendance. Role identity also predicted intention, reflecting the importance of the student role identity in influencing decision making related to supplementary academic activities.

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ID Code: 14853
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: class attendance, role identity, theory of planned behavior
ISSN: 0022-4545
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Heldref Publications
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 15 Sep 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:46

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