The models of judgments of behavior responsibility in Chinese culture from an attributional perspective

Aiqing Zhang1, Peilan Guan2, Fanglian Zhou1, Qian Lu3
1Central China Normal University, People’s Republic of China
2Business School of Wuhan University, People’s Republic of China
3University of California, United States
Cite this article:  Zhang, A., Guan, P., Zhou, F., & Lu, Q. (2003). The models of judgments of behavior responsibility in Chinese culture from an attributional perspective. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 31, 205-214.

Volume 31 Issue 2 | e1237 | Published: March 2003 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2003.31.2.205

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Participants in this study were 217 employees and managers. Two structural equation models that reflected the relationships among locus, stability, controllability, affect responses, the change of expectancy and judgments of responsibility were set up. EQS (Bentler, 2000) was used to test the models. The authors found that their models were well supported by the data. In these models, "cognition" (judgment of responsibility) and "affect" (sympathy and anger) had a two-way directional relationship. Not only were causal locus and stability important attributional dimensions that could contribute to the judgment of responsibility, but also affect response contributed to the judgment of responsibility. Causal attribution (including locus, controllability, stability), affect and expectancy change could serve as the antecedents of judgments of behavior responsibility. These findings have important significance to our understanding of people's social behavior.
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