ERIC Number: ED170551
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Teenage Locus of Control and Adult Unemployment.
Becker, Brian E.; Hills, Stephen M.
This study examines the relationship between locus of control and subsequent unemployment experience for a national probability sample of teenagers. Using multiple regression analysis to control for a variety of individual differences, the influence of "internal-external" attitudes held as a teenager on subsequent unemployment experience in the adult labor market is determined. The internal attitude is defined as viewing personal success or failure as dependent on one's own behavior. A sample of 230 males who were sixteen to nineteen in 1967 and were not enrolled in school during either 1968 or 1975 was studied. The results support the notion that "external" teenagers can be expected to experience longer periods of unemployment in the future relative to "internals." In addition, though not entirely conclusive, there is evidence that I-E is an important determinant of black-white unemployment differentials, with externality being more "costly" to blacks than whites. (Author/CT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Labor, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center for Human Resource Research.