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ERIC Number: ED185058
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Reference Count: 0
A Longitudinal Study of Self-Concept and Locus of Control for Persisters in Six College Majors.
Behuniak, Peter, Jr.; Gable, Robert K.
Data from the National Longitudinal Study (NLS) for a sample of students who had completed a four-year college course were examined for difference in locus of control (LOC) and self concept (SC) of persisters and changers in six college majors. Data were based on two four-item five-point questionnaire scales which were administered in 1972, 1973, 1974, and 1976. Data for each of the four years were factor analyzed separately with very similar results. Students were classified by college major into six categories and within each category were separated into two groups: those who persisted in the same major and those who did not. A repeated-measures analysis of variance for each of the college majors showed consistent increases in the self-concept scores over the four-year period. With respect to locus of control, three of the six majors showed steadily increasing scores; two majors also showed overall increases, but not a steady progression; and the remaining major had virtually the same score throughout the period. (Author/CTM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National Longitudinal Study High School Class 1972
Note: Paper presented at the Northeastern Educational Research Association (Ellenville, NY, October, 1979).