Definition of attribution theory in English:

attribution theory

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[mass noun] Psychology
  • A theory which supposes that people attempt to understand the behaviour of others by attributing feelings, beliefs, and intentions to them.
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    • We also discuss the role of attribution theory in understanding the marital distress of these couples.
    • This version of attribution theory has been successfully applied to a range of children and adolescents.
    • However, attribution theory could be used again to supply an alternative explanation: the incumbent may have claimed more of the credit than he or she may have been entitled to.

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