locus of causality


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locus of causality

(1) in attribution theory, a person's perception of whether the cause of their success or failure at a task is internal (due to personal factors, such as effort and ability) or external (due to external factors, such as luck or chance); (2) in self-determination theory, a person's perception of whether the origin of their reasons for engaging in a behaviour is internal (done willingly and out of free choice) or external (done because they are compelled or required to do so, either by external pressure from others or because of self-imposed pressures).
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This led us to believe that the relationship between locus of causality attributions and turnover intentions is fully mediated by job satisfaction.
It was interesting to find that while the tendency toward stability attributions had a direct positive effect on turnover intentions, even when job satisfaction was included in the model, the impact of locus of causality attributions appears to be fully mediated through the variable of job satisfaction.
Table 1: Means, Standard Deviations, Reliabilities, and Correlations among all Variables Mean SD 1 2 Locus of Causality 6.
Intentional Behaviour: Dimensions of Causal Attributions Stability of the Cause Locus of Causality Stable Variable Internal Ability Effort External Task Difficulty Luck Table 2.
Specifically, the high expectancy athletes who perceived that they had performed to a high athletic standard had a greater internal locus of causality and a higher level of personal control compared to the low expectancy athletes regardless of whether they perceived their performance was high or low.
Furthermore, McAuley and Gross (1983) failed to find any differences on the locus of causality dimension (external/internal) in relation to competitive outcome, but did find differences in stability and controllability.
Of the 16 Likert-type questions, three questions assess the locus of causality dimension (e.
Please note that high scores on locus of causality and controllability reflect high levels of internal causes and controllability, and a low score on stability reflects a stable, unchanging cause.
The main effect for locus of causality must, therefore, be interpreted with caution, and an examination of the impact of single attributions might be considered.
The original hypothesis was partially supported in that the attributions made for most successful and least successful races paralleled those for successful and unsuccessful performances found in previous research along the locus of causality and control-personal controllability dimensions, but not along the stability or control-external controllability dimension.
Such a problem might especially affect the results regarding the stability and control-external dimensions more than the locus of causality dimension, because these two dimensions might not be as important to a runner than is locus of causality.