Belief relevance and attitude-behavior consistency: The moderating role of personal experience

Eugene Borgida, Bruce Campbell

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Examined whether belief relevance enhances the degree of attitude-behavior consistency when the behavioral implications of a global attitude contradict the behavioral implications of prior personal experience in a pertinent action domain. It was generally expected that belief relevance would promote attitude-behavior consistency only for those individuals with little prior personal experience. 68 undergraduates participated in the study. As predicted, enhancing cognitive accessibility substantially increased the consistency between global environmental attitudes and petition-signing behavior but only for those Ss who had minimal prior personal experience with the consequences of an on-campus parking shortage. For those Ss with relatively extensive personal experience, cogitive accessibility did not increase attitude-behavior consistency. The theoretical importance of considering the nature and extent of respondents' prior personal experiences in attitude-behavior research is discussed. (24 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-247
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of personality and social psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 1982


  • belief relevance &
  • prior personal experience of behavioral implications contradicting global attitude, attitude-behavior consistency on environmental issues, college students

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