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An examination of the individual difference approach to the role of norms in the theory of reasoned action

Johnston, Kim L., White, Katherine M., & Norman, Paul (2004) An examination of the individual difference approach to the role of norms in the theory of reasoned action. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 34(12), pp. 2524-2549.

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Abstract

The relationship between subjective norm and behavioral intentions is the weakest link of the Theory of Reasoned Action (TRA). Numerous approaches have been proposed to address this issue, including the assertion that the weak contribution is due to the inclusion of a small number of individuals who are under normative control in studies of the TRA (e.g., Trafimow & Finlay, 1996). The present research examines this individual difference approach in the domain of health behaviors. Respondents were 287 undergraduate students who rated their intentions, attitudes and subjective norms in relation to 32 health behaviors and five substance use behaviors. Regression analyses conducted between-subjects for each behavior and within-subjects across all of the behaviors demonstrated that there is support for the notion that both behaviors and people can be characterized as being under attitudinal or normative control. However, support for an individual difference approach was less conclusive when findings were examined separately for each behavior. In addition, the present study found limited support for the application of an individual difference approach to a subset of more specific health behaviors; substance use.

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ID Code: 3810
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Theory of Reasoned Action, theory of planned behavior
DOI: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2004.tb01990.x
ISSN: 0021-9029
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Blackwell Publishing
Copyright Statement: The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com
Deposited On: 09 Oct 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:06

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