Bell-Dolan, D., & Anderson, C.A. (1999). 

Attributional processes: An integration of social and clinical psychology. 

Chapter in R.M. Kowalski & M.R. Leary (Eds.) The Social Psychology of Emotional and Behavioral Problems: Interfaces of Social and Clinical Psychology. (pp. 37-67). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.


Attributions are particularly important in understanding human behavior and a wide range of social and clinical phenomena.This chapter examines the contributions that both social psychology and clinical psychology have made to attribution research, and the implications of this area of research for the application of both social and clinical psychology. The attribution literature provides a useful demonstration of the interface between social and clinical psychology, as attribution processes are relevant to the concerns of both areas; understanding attribution processes allows social psychologists to better understand phenomena such as interpersonal attraction, aggression, and self-handicapping, and allows clinical psychologists to explain and intervene more effectively with problems such as depression, shyness, and marital discord.

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