How Self-Serving Attributions Maintain Stereotypes & Prejudice


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Which of these is an internal attribution?

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1. Which of these is an external attribution?

2. Last Friday, Martha got an A on her Spanish test and she attributed it to her own intelligence and preparation, however, she got a D on her math test and she attributed her poor grade to the teacher's poor teaching ability. Martha is exhibiting _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This worksheet and quiz set give you the chance to gauge your understanding of self-serving attributions and how they play a part in stereotypes and prejudices. You will need to be familiar with topics like the definition of an internal attribution and an example of an external attribution in order to successfully pass the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessment tools test you on the definitions and examples of:

  • Internal attributions
  • External attributions
  • Self-serving attributions
  • Group attributions
  • External group attributions

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as self-serving attributions and group attributions
  • Making connections - understand how self-serving attributions play a role in stereotypes and prejudices
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify a situation of an external group attribution

Additional Learning

Learn more about self-serving attributions by reading through the related lesson, How Self-Serving Attributions Maintain Stereotypes & Prejudice. That lesson covers these important objectives:

  • Define attributions
  • Examine the difference between internal and external attributions
  • Understand how self-serving attributions relate to stereotypes and prejudices
  • Identify examples of group attributions