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In this assignment, you apply and integrate the concepts of attribution, attitude, behavior, and cognitive dissonance.

Identify a situation in which an individual was persuaded into a decision to engage in behavior that violated social values, beliefs, attitudes, ethics, and/or morals, such as misrepresenting a product, underreporting income on taxes, falsifying services on a billing document, taking supplies from work, or engaging in vandalism.

Write a 700-word paper in which you analyze your identified situation. Address the following items:

  • Analyze the situation from the perspective of the individual’s social, cultural, and spiritual influences and his or her ethics. Refrain from inserting your own judgments and opinions.
  • Discuss how attribution theory can be applied to the situation.  
  • Describe the reciprocal relationship between behavior and attitudes. 
  • Explain how the individual could have used cognitive dissonance theory to rationalize his or her behavior.
  • Cite at least 3 references.

    Format your paper according to APA guidelines.

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