by Dr Amy Manley and reviewed by Dr Chris Jones and Donal Leddy

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this module you should be able to:


  • define what is meant by attitudes and describe what are thought to be the main components of an attitude


  • identify the pros and cons of direct versus indirect attitudinal measurement


  • describe methods used to change attitudes, including persuasion and the role of cognitive dissonance


  • evaluate the role of attitudes in promoting healthy behavioural change.


Module introduction

This module explores what we mean by attitudes, how they can be measured and changed and how they can lead to healthy, or unhealthy, behaviours. Dr Amy Manley introduces the scope of her module in the video below. Click play to begin.


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Learning notes

We recommend that you make some notes as you work through this module.We recommend that you make some notes as you work through this module.


The 'TrOn Notebook' facility can be accessed throughout the module (allowing you to make notes on each page), and these notes will be saved in your personal area 'My TrOn', for future reference. However, you will not be able to print these notes as one single document.


If you would prefer to make your notes in a separate document you may wish to download the 'learning notes' below. This downloadable Word document will allow you to keep a personalised record of your learning, which you can then save and/or print for future reference.


Download the learning notes document for this module


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Key readingKey reading: selected texts to read with this module


The exam syllabus

Exam syllabus 




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