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The benefits of a critical stance: A reflection on past papers on the theories of reasoned action and planned behaviour

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  • Antony S. R Manstead

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    1. Cardiff University, UK
      Antony S. R. Manstead, School of Psychology, Cardiff University, Tower Building, Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3AT, UK (e-mail: MansteadA@Cardiff.ac.uk).
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Antony S. R. Manstead, School of Psychology, Cardiff University, Tower Building, Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3AT, UK (e-mail: MansteadA@Cardiff.ac.uk).

Abstract

In this paper, I reflect on past papers published in the British Journal of Social Psychology (BJSP) that have played a role in the development of the theory of reasoned action (TRA) and the theory of planned behaviour (TPB). I focus on seven papers that fall into five categories: (1) those that critique the TRA/TPB for taking insufficient account of social factors; (2) those that critique the models on the grounds that many social behaviours are ‘habitual’; (3) those that critically examine the construct of perceived behavioural control; (4) those that argue for the importance of affective factors, which appear to be overlooked in the TRA/TPB; and (5) those that argue for the importance of studying the role of moderating factors and interaction effects in the TRA/TPB. I conclude that BJSP's traditional focus on criticism and theory development is one that benefits the journal and the field.

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