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Victim of Circumstance?

Title: Victim of Circumstance?: Stealing Thunder and Attribution Theory.
Name(s): John, Heather Michelle St., author
Arpan, Laura, professor directing thesis
Houck, Davis, committee member
Raney, Arthur, committee member
School of Communication, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2004
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: In situations in which an indiscretion can be revealed to another party, a person has the ability to either divulge the information first or wait until he or she is confronted. Divulging the negative information first – i.e., stealing thunder - has been supported as a way to minimize the impact of the negative information. The following study coupled stealing thunder with attribution theory in an attempt to determine how stealing thunder affects perceptions of causality. Stealing thunder was associated with increased credibility ratings but did not result in greater external attribution or lower probability of guilt ratings. Credibility was positively correlated with external attribution, regardless of thunder condition.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-1591 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis Submitted to the Department of Communication in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2004.
Date of Defense: June 14, 2004.
Keywords: Persuasion, Interpersonal communication, Cheating, Infidelity, Stealing thunder, Attribution theory
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Laura Arpan, Professor Directing Thesis; Davis Houck, Committee Member; Arthur Raney, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Communication
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Owner Institution: FSU

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John, H. M. S. (2004). Victim of Circumstance?: Stealing Thunder and Attribution Theory. Retrieved from