This study tested the attitude-behavior relationship and transfer of training on a specific training program -The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. It is a self-improvement program designed to improve. such things as: interpersonal relationships, time management skills, and concentrating only on what one can change. The subjects were 84 BroMenn Healthcare employees signed up to take the training program. Both groups were given a pre-and post-test consisting of four parts: one's behaviors and thoughts (including questions on locus of control), countertraining, and two parts of the Personal Strain Questionnaire. It was found that a low pre-test countertraining score did not correlate with very little or no change in one's behavior and thoughts survey score as predicted. A high pre-test locus of control score and/or a positive feeling about the usefulness of the course did not correlate with a greater change in one's behavior and thoughts survey score. It was found that a change in one's behavior and thoughts score was highly correlated with a change in their locus of control score. Several reasons for the lack of training transfer are discussed.
Bernstein '94, Jennifer, "Behavior and Thought Change After a Self-Improvement Program: Studying the Effects of Environmental and Other Factors on the Transfer of Training" (1994). Honors Projects. Paper 105.