Questions raised by a reasoned action approach: comment on Ogden (2003)

Health Psychol. 2004 Jul;23(4):431-4. doi: 10.1037/0278-6133.23.4.431.


In her critique of social cognition or reasoned action models, J. Ogden (see record 2003-05896-016) claimed that such models are not falsifiable and thus cannot be tested, that the postulated relations among model components are true by definition, and that questionnaires used to test the models may create rather than assess cognitions and thus influence later behavior. The authors of this comment challenge all 3 arguments and contend that the findings Ogden regarded as requiring rejection of the models are, in fact, consistent with them, that there is good evidence for the validity of measures used to assess the models' major constructs, and that the effect of completing a questionnaire on cognitions and subsequent behavior is an empirical question.

Publication types

  • Comment
  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Behavioral Medicine / methods*
  • Cognition*
  • Humans
  • Psychological Theory
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Social Perception*