The attribution of cure


Department of Psychology, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT, UK


Subjects rated the importance of 24 different contributors towards overcoming four relatively common problems: alcoholism, depression, sexual problems and shyness. Factor analysis revealed seven almost identical clusters for each problem, which were labelled inner control, receiving help, understanding, social consequences, physical basis, avoidance and fate. Items loading on the first three factors were thought to be generally important, and those on the last three relatively unimportant. However, the degree of importance attributed to each factor varied considerably between problems.