Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing

First Advisor

Mary Horan

Second Advisor

Andrea Bostrom

Third Advisor

Christine Falvey


The purpose of this study was to identify if spontaneous attributional search was part of the reaction to a myocardial infarction (MI) and if there were relationships among attributional search, perception of control over attributions, gender and adjustment following MI. Attribution theory provided the framework for this study. A descriptive correlational design was utilized. The convenience sample included twenty male and twenty female subjects hospitalized with a MI. The Multiple Affect Adjective Check List and an attribution questionnaire constructed specifically for this study were administered prior to discharge from the hospital. It was hypothesized that of those subjects that have made a causal search, subjects who attributed their MI to causes over which they perceived a higher level of control would have better levels of adjustment than those who attributed it to causes over which they perceived lower levels of control. Analysis of the hypothesis with the Pearson's r correlation coefficient indicated that the hypothesis was not supported, however, significant relationships were found among the study variables.


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