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  • The relationship between causal attributional styles and academic achievement was examined in a data set from a larger project investigating interpersonal sensitivity and emotional intelligence, the Beaver Interpersonal Sensitivity Project (Brown & Bernieri, 2017). Seligman’s (2002) Attributional Style Questionnaire was given to 150 participants who also reported their high school and college cumulative grade point average (i.e., self-report). Tendencies to prefer internal, global, and stable causal explanations for good and bad events were correlated with selfreported GPA (Table 1). The tendency to attribute internal personal causes to events correlated negatively with high school GPA (r = -.17) but positively with college GPA (r = .14). Although the tendency to make global and stable attributions showed no significant relationship with high school GPA, the tendency to view bad events as being caused by global and permanent causes (hopelessness) was negatively correlated with college GPA. No explanation is provided for these results.
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