Causal Attributions Predict Willingness to Support the Allocation of Funding to Lung Cancer Treatment Programs


Sarah Knapp-Oliver, Division of Social Sciences, Southern Vermont College, 982 Mansion Drive, Bennington, VT 05201. E-mail:


Lung cancer patients may experience stigmatization as a result of the link between their disease and smoking, such as lack of public support for funding lung cancer treatment programs. This study examines whether causal attributions for the contraction of lung cancer predict the stigmatization of individuals with the disease by investigating willingness to support the allocation of funds to hypothetical lung cancer treatment programs. Participants were 766 undergraduate students. The findings indicate that participants who made causal attributions preferred to support the allocation of funding to programs that value the lives of breast cancer patients, rather than lung cancer patients. These findings have implications for understanding the influence of causal attributions on the stigmatization of lung cancer.