ERIC Number: ED172072
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Relationship of Family Background Variables to Locus of Control in the Elderly.
Cicirelli, Victor G.
The relationship of family variables to locus of control, under the hypothesis that a larger and more cohesive family provides greater reinforcement for the elderly person's actions was investigated. Elderly persons (N=200) aged 60-90 were interviewed at home and given Rotter's I-E scale. In a regression analysis, after removing effects of age and socioeconomic status, number of living brothers, sibling cohesiveness, and child cohesiveness (where cohesiveness as a factor score made up of amount of contact, closeness of feeling, and values agreement) accounted for eight percent of variance in locus of control, with cohesiveness associated with greater internality. Cohesiveness, acting through locus of control, was identified as part of an adaptive mechanism in old age. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Purdue Univ., Lafayette, IN.
Identifiers: Rotter Internal External Locus of Control Scale
Note: Research was supported by the AARP-NRTA Andrus Foundation