Attribution theory

Discuss how attribution theory can be applied to the situation.

Poverty is something that effects people all around the world. It is hard to get by in today’s society living on minimum wage. Meet Anna Smith, a young mom, supporting two children, and working at a local grocery store, making minimum wage. Recently Anna’s car broke down and she had to spend her grocery money on fixing her vehicle so that she could get to and from work. This left her with the dilemma of how she was going to feed her children. Anna decided that taking a few things from work a couple days a week would go unnoticed, and her kids would still be fed. Was this an ethical decision on Anna’s part? How could the attribution theory be applied to this situation? How could Anna rationalize what she did?